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.
Impossible to Train
Three characters discuss training their pets.
Peter McDonnell discusses the landscapes of Africa and the people that live throughout the continent.
How a Flamingo Balances on One Leg
These extreme bird balancers stay upright with little muscle effort
Marty Kaminsky discusses the Olympic gymnast Simone Biles.
Emergency on the Mountain
A young girl must act quickly when there’s an emergency.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
United Nations General Assembly
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by United Nations and describes an individual’s rights.
Explainer: Hurricanes, Cyclones, and Typhoons
Lillian Steenblik Hwang
Lillian Steenblik Hwang discusses how hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons form.
All of Spain Celebrates Three Kings' Day
Natacha Sanz-Caballero discusses the celebration of Three Kings’ Day in Spain.
Protest Music is as American as Apple Pie
Thomas Pool discusses the history of protest music in America.
The Hero's Journey
Jessica McBirney discusses a common structure in stories known as the Hero’s Journey.
The Golden Ratio
Pamela Huber describes a special formula in math.
Excerpt from Walden: “The Ponds”
Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau describes Walden Pond.
Her Code Got Humans On The Moon — And Invented Software Itself
Robert McMillan discusses Margaret Hamilton, a software engineer who helped man land on the moon.
Math Isn’t Just for Boys
Rachel Crowell discusses why girls pursue math-related activities and careers less often than boys.
Teri Ellen Cross Davis
A speaker describes her feelings about her natural hair over the years.