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.
The Emperor's New Clothes
Hans Christian Andersen
A vain emperor commissions two swindlers to make him clothes and gets tricked parading naked in the streets.
Psychologist Carl Rogers explains how self-perception can shape a person’s identity.
“Hope” is the thing with feathers - (254)
Dickinson metaphorically represents “hope” as a bird that “perches on the soul.”
The Power of Advertising
Shelby Ostergaard discusses the advertising industry and the influence that it has over people.
Athena and Poseidon’s Contest for Athens
This text features an intro to the genre of Greek mythology and a story about how the city of Athens got its name.
How Santa Claus Found the Poor-House
Two young boys living in a "poor-house" in Victorian England receive a Christmas gift like no other--a reward for the resilience and loyalty.
The Market Square Dog
A veterinarian helps a stray dog after he is injured.
Excerpt from "Self-Reliance"
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Emerson expounds his Transcendentalist beliefs about individuality and nonconformity.
What makes good people do bad things?
Dittmann explains how situational forces have a powerful effect on a person's ability to differentiate between right and wrong.
The Selfish Giant
A selfish giant learns a powerful lesson about friendship and kindness.
“Today’s Telephone” explores the nature of the telephone and the circumstances surrounding its invention.
Marian Anderson was a popular African American singer who faced discrimination in the early 1900s.
Stopping for Olympic Gold
Angie Kay Dilmore
Angie Kay Dilmore discusses John Woodruff's win at the 1936 Olympics in Germany.
Wealthy Teen Nearly Experiences Consequences
The Onion Staff
In this humorous article, a wealthy teenager uses his wealth and connections to escape charges for causing a terrible drunk driving accident.
Story of An Hour
This is a classic short story from the early feminist writer, Kate Chopin, in which a woman is overcome by the death of her husband.
Rosa Parks: Beyond the Bus
Barrett Smith explores Rosa Parks’ accomplishments beyond her role in inspiring the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Why Dolphins Make Us Nervous
Dolphins’ brain size suggests they may be as intelligent as humans.
A woman doesn’t understand the harm in spreading a rumor.
No Man Is An Island
A speaker explains the interconnectedness of all humankind.