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.
Why the Sky Is Far Away
The sky once fed all people, but eventually moved far away.
A girl needs enough money to buy a special doll.
A girl wants to get even with her friend after she is treated unkindly.
Act Your Age
A young girl is told over and over again to act her age.
Athena and the Dandelions
A Greek American girl and her family collect dandelions for dinner.
Summer with Papaji
Jyoti Singh Visvanath
Jyoti Singh Visvanath discusses visiting her grandfather in the summer as a young girl.
Poetry Means the World to Me
Tony Medina explores the importance of poetry to Langston Hughes.
The Poetry Quilt
A Puritan girl is discouraged from writing poetry by her sister.
A brother and a sister visit their great-grandmother in a nursing home.
Walnuts and Watermelons
Mehded Maryam Sinclair
A boy wonders why small walnuts grow from big trees and large watermelons grow from small vines.
A young girl struggles to fight boredom and loneliness after moving to a new home.
The Sign of the Cat
A boy’s grandmother opens their home to those in need.
Jared to the Rescue
Carole Duncan Buckman
A boy helps a classmate on the first day of second grade.
Earth Day Birthday
Jody Jenson Shaffer
A girl shares her birthday with Earth Day.
All Saints’ Day at Night
Linda Rae Apolzon
A boy visits a cemetery at night to celebrate All Saints Day.
Mahani Zubaidy Gunnell
Mahani Zubaidy Gunnell describes watching a kite fight as a girl.