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.
Women Who Spoke Up
America’s history is full of inspiring women.
The Little Red Hen
Florence White Williams
A hard-working Red Hen must balance being a mother to her chicks and planting wheat seeds, while three other lazy animals look on.
Francesca Lia Block
A blue creature appears before a young girl after her mother leaves.
The Many and the Few
J. Patrick Lewis
A speaker describes Rosa Parks’s refusal to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery.
Can’t We All Just Get Along?
This article discusses the different types of interactions between diverse organisms.
Courage in Denmark: Resistance to the Nazis in WWII
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
This article explores Danish resistance during the Holocaust in the context of global efforts to thwart the Nazis during World War II.
The Medicine Bag
Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve
Martin’s grandpa comes to visit and brings a medicine bag that is to be passed down to him.
During World War II, a group of African American pilots were critical to the success of the U.S. Army, and their accomplishments led to the desegregation of the military.
Walking for My Life
Jennifer Owings Dewey
A narrator must walk through the desert after their car is damaged.
Marty Kaminsky discusses the Olympic gymnast Simone Biles.
Allegory of the Cave
Plato’s Allegory of the Cave is a piece of philosophy explaining the importance of knowledge in society and for the human soul.
Characteristics of Resilient People
Set to Go
There are a number of characteristics that help build resilience.
The Fox and the Horse
The Brothers Grimm
A fox helps a horse prove himself to his master.
A family considers what will happen if they lose their house.
The Little Girl Who Would Not Work
Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
A little girl would rather play all day than work.
Eight reasons to not be spooked by spiders this Halloween
Lizzy Lowe provides eight reasons for why you shouldn’t be afraid of spiders.
Introduction to World War II
This informational text discusses what led up to WWII, its progression, and eventual conclusion.
Dancing Toward Dreams
This text describes the journey of Misty Copeland, the first African American woman to become the principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre.
The Legacy of William Shakespeare
Mia Hodorovich discusses the legacy of the playwright William Shakespeare.