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.
Obento: Art in a Lunch Box
Teresa V. Mitchum
Teresa V. Mitchum describes the lunches children bring to school in Japan.
Reaching New Heights
A successful basketball player inspires kids who have the same skin disease as him.
These Pumpkins Sure Can Kick!
Patricia Cuff discusses a young girls’ soccer team in Namibia, Africa.
Impossible to Train
Three characters discuss training their pets.
Peter McDonnell discusses the landscapes of Africa and the people that live throughout the continent.
Emergency on the Mountain
A young girl must act quickly when there’s an emergency.
The Great Woolly Bear Hunt
Craig W. Steele
A speaker searches for a creature called a woolly bear.
A boy wants to be named the most valuable player during his basketball team’s championship game.
The White Nights of Ramadan
A Muslim family celebrates Girgian in the middle of the month of Ramadan.
Fly High, Bessie Coleman
Jane Sutcliffe discusses the first African American woman to receive her pilot license.
Making Books in Braille
Laurie Lower makes copies of books in braille for people with vision loss.
The Lights of Saint Lucia
Two sisters have important morning traditions for Saint Lucia Day.
The Little Girl Who Would Not Work
Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
A little girl would rather play all day than work.
Heidi Ayarbe describes life in a village located in the Amazon.
What a Pro Knows: Playing to Win
Christine Louise Hohlbaum
Christine Louise Hohlbaum discusses Tamika Catchings, a women’s national basketball star.
Reading to Max
A boy reads to a cat at an animal shelter.