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.
A boy takes a trip into the forest with his friends.
A Good Man is Hard to Find
A family’s vacation is interrupted when they meet some dangerous people.
The Most Dangerous Game
A big game hunter falls off his yacht and is rescued by a mysterious general who claims to hunt only the most dangerous game.
A cashier describes three teenage girls who come into a grocery store in only their bathing suits during a more conservative time.
The Golden Calf
This religious excerpt documents how, in Moses’s absence, the Israelites began to worship a golden idol instead of their God.
The Princess and the Pea
Hans Christian Andersen
In this traditional fairytale, a royal family finds a way to determine whether or not someone is a true princess.
The Stolen Party
A young girl attends the birthday party of a friend whose family employs her mother.
The Two Brothers
Two brothers trying to live charitably react very differently when they stumble into a fortune.
A young man seeking lodging is taken in by a landlady who is not what she seems.
Lamb to the Slaughter
A woman betrayed by her husband retaliates in an extreme way.
The First Flag
Betsy Ross’s fellow seamstress recounts her experiences helping Ross make the first flag of the United States.
The Ants and the Grasshopper
After playing music all summer long, a grasshopper asks some ants for help.
The Elves and the Shoemaker
In this classic, oft-retold story, a poor shoemaker received a fortuitous visit from a group of elves.
Columbus and the Egg
In this story, explorer Christopher Columbus teaches his critics a lesson about discovery.
The Selfish Giant
A selfish giant learns a powerful lesson about friendship and kindness.
The Third Wish
A man asks for three wishes after saving a swan that happens to be the King of the Forest.
Jack and the Beanstalk
In this classic fairy tale, a poor young boy braves considerable danger to acquire a fortune.
A young woman who has been mistreated by her step-mother and sisters learns the value of kindness.
The Three Little Pigs
In this classic fable, three pigs each attempt to build houses that will protect them from the wicked schemes of a hungry wolf.