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.
How Boots Befooled the King
A king challenges the young men of his kingdom: he who is able to fool him shall have his daughter's hand in marriage.
Lobo, the King of Currumpaw
Ernest Seton Thompson
A man attempts to bring down the biggest, most cunning wolf in northern New Mexico.
On a Mountain Trail
Harry Perry Robinson
A suspenseful story in which two men are chased by hungry wolves on a forest mountain trail.
The Lady or the Tiger
Frank R. Stockton
A king delivers justice through chance, which proves to be a no-win situation for his daughter and her condemned love interest.
Samuel Scoville, Jr.
A young Caribbean boy accompanied by his grandfather goes sponge-diving in the reef where a tiger shark killed his father—and where he faces dangers of his own.
The Golden Touch
Hawthorne retells the myth of King Midas, whose lust for gold deprives him of what he most cherishes.
A prominent military man’s rise to success is retold from the perspective of a former teacher, who is astounded at the man's good fortune.
The Man in the Well
A group of children abandon a man to die in a well in this poignant portrayal of the cruelty of children.
The Fall of the House of Usher
Edgar Allan Poe
In this story packed with Poe's signature brand of macabre and suspense, an unnamed narrator visits an old friend and finds a tale of horror within the decaying manor.
In this short story, the people of Earth witness the birth of a new star and the destruction that follows this phenomenon.
The Griffin and the Minor Canon
Frank R. Stockton
A griffin, drawn from the wild to a nearby town to see a statue made in his likeness, elicits reactions of fear and prejudice from the townspeople.
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
A narrator attempts to do a friend a favor - and gets swindled into hearing a rambling and ridiculous story.
The Elephant's Child
An insatiably curious baby elephant goes on a journey to find the crocodile — an encounter that will change him forever.
The Million Pound Bank Note
A man gains fame and fortune simply because he is in possession of a large bank note.
The Three Questions
A king tries to gain control over the future, which is unknown.
The Lion and the Mouse
A classic fable in which a tiny mouse proves to a powerful lion that she is greater than she seems.
The Fisherman and His Wife
The Brothers Grimm
A fisherman catches a magical flounder, who grants every wish demanded by the fisherman's wife - until it becomes too much.
The Story of The Lazy Boy: A Kachari Folktale
Compiled by Rev. Sidney Endle
A boy misses his opportunity to plant during planting season.
A Retrieved Reformation
A notorious bank robber and lock-picker tries to escape his past and become a new man.