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.
The Prophet Khizir
A poor man deceives a king in order to feed in family.
When Stars Explode
Ken Croswell, Ph.D
Ken Croswell discusses what happens when stars explode.
Stopping for Olympic Gold
Angie Kay Dilmore
Angie Kay Dilmore discusses John Woodruff's win at the 1936 Olympics in Germany.
Bowhead Whales with Talent!
Laura Lane discusses what scientists can learn from the songs of bowhead whales.
Dreams and Musical Feet
Daniel A. Kelin, II
Daniel A. Kelin, II discusses, S.B. Bhagyasree, a talented and young Bharata natyam dancer in India.
A Slick Little Robot
Harry T. Roman
Harry T. Roman discusses how and why he helped design the robot OTIS.
Farming in Space
Amy Hansen discusses how scientists are working to grow food in space.
Fastest Woman in the World
Pat Parker writes about Wilma Rudolph, the first woman to win three gold medals at one Olympics.
Heartbeat of Mother Earth
CR Willing McManis
CR Willing McManis describes what takes place during pow wows.
Victor Englebert describes a girl’s life living in the Sahara Desert with her family.
Voyage to Pluto
Ken Croswell, Ph.D
Ken Croswell discusses the New Horizons spacecraft's voyage to Pluto.
Two Famous Friends
Jean K. Potratz
Jean K. Potratz discusses the rocky friendship between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams
Standing out in the Herd
A giraffe finds a new family after being taken in by humans.
Soaring “on the Wings of Wind”
Lois Miner Huey
Lois Miner Huey describes the day that Peter Carnes sent someone up in his hot air balloon.
A young woman must deal with unkind and spiteful treatment from her two older sisters.
What Is the International Space Station?
The International Space Station is a spacecraft that allows for humans to live in space.
Seeing Through Dorothea's Eyes
Sudipta Bardhan describes the life and work of the famous photographer, Dorothea Lange.
The Poppy Lady
Barbara Elizabeth Walsh
Barbara Elizabeth Walsh discusses how Moina Michael became known as the “Poppy Lady.”
Joseph O. Legaspi
In this poem, the speaker compares immigrants to amphibians.