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.
Shauna Singh Baldwin
A woman describes washing her husband’s turbans.
Getting Started on Saving the Everglades
Humans have had a complicated relationship with the Florida Everglades for over 100 years.
They Need Fire!
Buffy Silverman discusses some of the effects of forest fires.
Life in a Vernal Pool
Lori Wollerman Nelson
Lori Wollerman Nelson describes life in a seasonal pond, known as a vernal pool.
Elizabeth Preston describes the colorful Zhangye Danxia mountains in China.
Betsy James discusses what we can learn from rocks.
Dirty Air Can Harm Your Brain and Stress the Body
Lindsey Konkel describes the dangerous effects of air pollution on the body and mind.
A September Night
George Marion McClellan
A speaker describes a September night in the bayou.
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.
With Liberty and Justice for All?
A fictitious slave of Thomas Jefferson describes her life in slavery in this short story.
Celina Seftas and the Standing Stone Creek crew
The Standing Stone Creek is a small stream in Pennsylvania that runs into the Susquehanna River.
Banksy and the tradition of destroying art
Banksy, the popular street artist, is not the first artist to destroy his own work.
What do you want (really, really want) out of your college education?
Richard Gunderman discusses what a college education can provide for students.
A teenage girl decides not to join her family on vacation.
Is college worth it? Is this even the right question?
Josipa Roksa and Richard Arum
Josipa Roksa and Richard Arum discuss whether college is preparing graduates for life after school.
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.
Will the 'right' college major get you a job?
Glenn Altschuler discusses how important the major you choose in college is to your success after college.
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.