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.
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.
My Favorite Things
A narrator describes their favorite things to their grandmother.
A speaker describes Humpty Dumpty’s attempts to find safety under a chicken.
Sleeping with the Baby
A speaker describes their baby’s difficulty sleeping through the night.
The Sparrow's Quest
A sparrow goes on a journey to find the most powerful thing on earth.
A speaker describes the process of practicing to master a skill.
The Snake's Advice
A snake gives advice to a distant ancestor of the human species.
Excerpt from “Adventures of Isabel”
A young girl meets a bear during her journey.
The Rescue of the Tin Woodman
L. Frank Baum
Dorothy, Toto, and the Scarecrow meet the Tin Woodman.
Arriving at Emerald City
L. Frank Baum
Dorothy and her friends arrive at the Emerald City to meet the Great Oz.
The Little Red Hen
Florence White Williams
A hard-working Red Hen must balance being a mother to her chicks and planting wheat seeds, while three other lazy animals look on.