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.
At the Zoo
William Makepeace Thackeray
The speaker describes the animals they see during a visit to the zoo.
Naomi C. Rose
A boy learns what it means to have good and bad luck.
Omer's Big Dive
Lucinda H. Kennaley
A boy goes on his first dive for pearls in the Arabian Gulf.
The Biggest Little Artist in the World
LeeAnn Blankenship discusses a famous artist who creates amazing tiny sculptures.
Dancing Toward Dreams
This text describes the journey of Misty Copeland, the first African American woman to become the principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre.
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.