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.
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.
Can Forgiveness Play a Role in Criminal Justice?
Paul Tullis discusses the Grosmaires’ journey forgiving and reconciling with the young man who murdered their daughter.
The Hermit Kingdom
Rachel Slivnick describes what we know about North Korea’s mysterious government and life in the country.
Madoff Is Sentenced to 150 Years for Ponzi Scheme
Diana B. Henriques
In 2009, Bernard Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison for defrauding thousands of investors and billions of dollars.
Explainer: What is dopamine?
Bethany Brookshire discusses the importance of dopamine, a chemical in the brain.
Route 1 North, Philadelphia to Highland Park
A speaker describes driving with his father.
The Scientific Method
A speaker describes Thomas Edison’s laboratory and his work.
Serena Williams' catsuit controversy evokes the battle over women wearing shorts
Deirdre Clemente discusses the attention that is paid to what women wear in sports.
A Prayer for the Living
A narrator searches for their loved-ones among the dead, the result of a war and famine.
Jihyun Park: Defector. Refugee. Survivor. Freedom fighter for North Koreans
Anne Hannah Foong
Jihyun Park escaped North Korea and human trafficking to become an advocate for North Korean refugees.
Why it's time to lay the stereotype of the 'teen brain’ to rest
Dan Romer discusses teenagers’ risk-taking behavior.
Justices Bar Mandatory Life Terms for Juveniles
Adam Liptak and Ethan Bronner
In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional for juvenile offenders to be sentenced to mandatory life in prison without any chance of being free.
Should we scoff at the idea of love at first sight?
James Kuzner discusses the idea of love at first sight.
Coming of Age in North Korea
Fyodor Tertitskiy discusses the experiences of North Koreans in their adult lives.
Remember the Victims of Juvenile Offenders
Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins, who lost her sister to a juvenile offender, discusses how young offenders should be sentenced.
Prison Is a Poor Deterrent, and a Dangerous Punishment
Daniel Okonkwo discusses how juvenile offenders should be treated differently than adult offenders.