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.
The Long March
Peggy King Anderson
In 1838, the Potawatomi Indians were forced to leave their homelands and move west on a long and difficult march.
3 Ways to Learn about Consumer Power
This text discusses how we can make a positive difference when making purchases.
Hooray for Us!
Connie Hurst Howard
In this text, a group of students comes together to clean up an old park.
The Real Cost of Cheap Fashion
The process of making cheap clothes can be bad in many ways.
A Space is More Than Just a Space
The different spaces we encounter in our personal lives and communities should be treated with respect.
Tsenacomoco: My World
Pocahontas describes her life before and after the arrival of the English.
Let's Take a White House Tour
John Riley and Barbara Burt
John Riley and Barbara Burt take readers on a tour of the White House.
Kathiann M. Kowalski
Kathiann M. Kowalski interviews a Washington, D.C. city planner.
No Plans? No Problem!
The story of how Benjamin Banneker saved the design of Washington, D.C.
Bound for a New Life
Ruth Spencer Johnson
Two children work in Jamestown, an English colony in America.
Getting Started on Saving the Everglades
Humans have had a complicated relationship with the Florida Everglades for over 100 years.
They Need Fire!
Buffy Silverman discusses some of the effects of forest fires.
Life in a Vernal Pool
Lori Wollerman Nelson
Lori Wollerman Nelson describes life in a seasonal pond, known as a vernal pool.
Elizabeth Preston describes the colorful Zhangye Danxia mountains in China.
Betsy James discusses what we can learn from rocks.
Celina Seftas and the Standing Stone Creek crew
The Standing Stone Creek is a small stream in Pennsylvania that runs into the Susquehanna River.
Ruth Spencer Johnson
A black girl in Montgomery, Alabama writes to her cousin about people’s refusal to use the bus as a form of protest.
Betwixt & Between
Leslie Anderson Morales
Leslie Anderson Morales discusses African Americans’ experiences during the 1700s.
The Buddha and the Four Truths
Anne-Marie Reidy discusses the origins of the religion Buddhism.