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.
Treasures in a Pinecone
Jan Black discusses why pinecones open and close.
The Cave That Talked
Jyoti Singh Visvanath
A lion waits in a cave to eat a jackal.
Baseball’s Girl Umpire
Amanda Clement was the first woman paid to umpire a baseball game in 1904.
Money Tells a Story
John Jones found Confederate money that showed slaves smiling as they worked and wondered why.
The Champion of Quiet
A girl who is always picked last in gym class volunteers to be a team captain.
Seeking a Hidden Hive
A small boy and his grandfather search for a beehive to collect the honey from inside.
A Princess Who Can Tune an Engine
In her youth, Queen Elizabeth II could fix a car and fulfill her princess duties.
From Pit to Pond
Wendy Hobday Haugh
A narrator describes turning the pit in her backyard into a pond.
J. Patrick Lewis
A speaker describes how it is possible to do impossible things.
The Icicle Symphony
A girl in Moscow doesn’t want to go outside with her uncle.
Pasha’s First Yom Kippur
Carol Coven Grannick
A boy prepares to celebrate his first Yom Kippur and must apologize to a neighbor.
Nancy Jean Northcutt
A boy tries to avoid receiving kisses from his aunts and grandmas.
One of a Kind
J. Patrick Lewis
A speaker describes a turtle that believes it has seen everything.
Stop the Hungry Giant Fish
A hungry fish threatens to eat the Island of Guam.
The Kids’ Table
A boy doesn’t want to sit at the kids’ table for Thanksgiving.
Too Many Vegetables
A boy and his dad give zucchinis from their garden to their neighbors.
Strong For Skeena
A boy’s sled dog needs help after she is seriously injured.
Tickle Tackle Botticelli
A speaker describes a baby learning how to speak.
Trail into Darkness
A boy gets lost while snowshoeing with his family.