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.
How a Bill Becomes a Law
This informational text describes the process through which a bill becomes a law in the United States.
What Is Dark Matter?
In this NASA article, the author discusses what scientists know about dark matter.
King Midas is given the power to turn everything he touches into gold.
Two Ways of Looking at a River
Mark Twain reflects on his time as a steamboat pilot.
What trick-or-treating tells us about human nature
Dilip Soman discusses how scientists study the choices of trick-or-treaters.
This text discusses the sudden rise and drop in the price of tulips in the 17th century Netherlands.
Excerpt from “The Trip of Le Horla”
Guy de Maupassant
In this excerpt from a short story, a narrator describes his travels in a flying balloon.
The text discusses the period of peace known as the Pax Romana of ancient Roman history.
Alexander the Great
This text discusses Alexander the Great and his empire.
The end of big trees?
Bill Laurance discusses the disappearance of big trees.
Thai cave boys: the psychology of surviving underground
Sarita Robinson describes the 12 boys trapped in a cave in Thailand and what it takes to survive such an ordeal.
Mark Cartwright discusses the purpose of the gymnasium in ancient Greek life.
Shauna Singh Baldwin
A woman describes washing her husband’s turbans.
City of Specters
A woman in North Korea catches the attention of government officials when she uses curtains that aren’t sanctioned by the government to cover her windows.
What do you want (really, really want) out of your college education?
Richard Gunderman discusses what a college education can provide for students.
DNA Tells Tale of How Cats Conquered the World
Tina Hesman Saey
Tina Hesman Saey discusses how scientists are studying cats’ DNA to determine when and where they were tamed.
What the flu does to your body, and why it makes you feel so awful
Laura Haynes discusses the effects that the flu can have on the body.
This is Not Who We Are
Naomi Shihab Nye
Naomi Shihab Nye reflects on her relationship with her Arab-American identity.
Why is it fun to be frightened?
Margee Kerr explores why some people like to be afraid.