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.
Emergency on the Mountain
A young girl must act quickly when there’s an emergency.
Excerpt from The Odyssey: The Sirens
In this excerpt from the Odyssey, Ulysses encounters the Sirens on his journey.
Trail into Darkness
A boy gets lost while snowshoeing with his family.
Set to Go
Self-care can involve practicing some strategies that improve physical and mental health.
Excerpt from 'A Christmas Carol': Marley's Ghost
In the first chapter of A Christmas Carol, titled “Marley’s Ghost,” a greedy old miser by the name of Ebenezer Scrooge is visited in the night by an old friend, who warns him to change his ways before it is too late.
Chiron, the Wisest Centaur
Hermes, Messenger of the Gods, interviews Chiron the Centaur.
Drones Put Spying Eyes in The Sky
Scientists are finding ways to use drones, or unmanned flying robots, in research and conservation efforts.
The Wright Brothers: Air Pioneers
Two American brothers beat the odds, inventing and building the world's first successful airplane.
Excerpt from "Self-Reliance"
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Emerson expounds his Transcendentalist beliefs about individuality and nonconformity.
The Limits of Empathy
David Brooks discusses what it means to be empathetic and whether or not empathy influences our actions.
Mrs. Pringle’s dinner party is derailed when some guests are unable to attend at the last minute.
The Lady or the Tiger
Frank R. Stockton
A king delivers justice through chance, which proves to be a no-win situation for his daughter and her condemned love interest.
Excerpt from Frankenstein: The Creature’s Request
Victor Frankenstein’s creature confronts Frankenstein and demands that he listen to how he has suffered.
The Lure of Shakespeare
Robert W. Butler
Robert W. Butler discusses William Shakespeare’s success as a playwright.
In this short story set in a gleaming technological future, a young person travels to see their first tree.
A girl struggles to get her grandfather to see her as American.
Thai cave boys: the psychology of surviving underground
Sarita Robinson describes the 12 boys trapped in a cave in Thailand and what it takes to survive such an ordeal.
Mother and Daughter
A girl’s mother doesn’t have enough money to buy her a new dress for a school dance.
President Obama's Remarks on Trayvon Martin Ruling
President Barack Obama
The President responds to the "not guilty" verdict of the Trayvon Martin murder case.