CommonLit The Library
CommonLit is a free collection of fiction and nonfiction for 3rd-12th grade classrooms. Search and filter our collection by lexile, grade, theme, genre, literary device, or common core standard.
Here We Aren't, So Quickly
Jonathan Safran Foer
In this avant-garde short story, a man reflects on his life and his relationship with his family.
Once Upon a Time
A family in South Africa tries to protect their home from intruders and live happily ever after.
Pigs is Pigs
Ellis Parker Butler
An argument over the definition of “guinea pigs” leads to unanticipated and avoidable problems.
They're Made Out of Meat
Two aliens are faced with the dilemma of whether to interact with humans.
The Treasure of Lemon Brown
Walter Dean Myers
A boy meets an old man who will protect his treasure at all costs.
A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings
Gabriel García Márquez
In this short story, an old man with wings crashes into a family’s yard and is exploited by the family and townspeople.
In this short story set in a gleaming technological future, a young person travels to see their first tree.
Mother and Daughter
A girl’s mother doesn’t have enough money to buy her a new dress for a school dance.
The Little Match Girl
Hans Christian Andersen
A young girl, attempting to sell matches to support her family, dreams of warmth and family on a cold New Year’s Eve.
Was It a Dream?
Guy de Maupassant
A grieving man visits the grave of his deceased lover, where he discovers an awful truth.
The Little Red Hen
Florence White Williams
A hard-working Red Hen must balance being a mother to her chicks and planting wheat seeds, while three other lazy animals look on.
The Man of the Crowd
Edgar Allan Poe
An unnamed narrator spots a man in a crowd, and follows this mysterious man throughout the crowded streets of London.
The Masque of the Red Death
Edgar Allan Poe
Safe inside his home from a disease ravaging the country, Prince Prospero throws an extravagant party for his esteemed friends, only to receive an unexpected guest.
A boy hopes to impress the new girl at school by beating her at a game of racquetball.
A boy tries to impress a girl on the first day of seventh grade.
The Drive-In Movies
A boy describes his desire to go to the drive-in movies.
A family considers what will happen if they lose their house.
A Respectable Woman
A woman’s morals are tested when her husband’s friend comes to visit.
On her birthday, a young girl is embarrassed when she is forced to wear a sweater that is not hers.