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.
I went from prison to professor
Dr. Stanley Andrisse discusses how he went from being incarcerated to being a professor.
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.
College students with disabilities are too often excluded
Christa Bialka discusses the experiences of students with disabilities on campus.
Why is it fun to be frightened?
Margee Kerr explores why some people like to be afraid.
California Energy Commission
Electricity is an important source of energy which is created through the interaction of particles.
The author discusses what happens when something short circuits.
Will We Know Alien Life When We See It?
Tina Hesman Saey
Tina Hesman Saey discusses what life on other planets might look like.
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.
Ruth Spencer Johnson
A black girl in Montgomery, Alabama writes to her cousin about people’s refusal to use the bus as a form of protest.
Betwixt & Between
Leslie Anderson Morales
Leslie Anderson Morales discusses African Americans’ experiences during the 1700s.
The Face of Immortality?
Many people believe that a small organism known as a hydra is immortal.
Emerald Ash Borer
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection describes the relatively recent appearance of a beetle in North America: the emerald ash borer.
The Buddha and the Four Truths
Anne-Marie Reidy discusses the origins of the religion Buddhism.
Standing Up by Sitting In
Ruth Spencer Johnson
Black and white students challenge the unfair treatment of black people by sitting at a lunch counter for whites in this drama that is set in the 1960s.
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.
Chemo Side Effects: Memory
A speaker describes their struggles with memory.
Just Say No!
Jennifer Barefoot discusses colonial women’s role in the American Revolution.