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.
What Adolescents Miss When We Let Them Grow Up in Cyberspace
Brent Staples discusses the impact that the Internet has on teenagers’ development.
In this informational text, the author shares several well-known stories about Abraham Lincoln.
The Fisherman and His Wife
The Brothers Grimm
A fisherman catches a magical flounder, who grants every wish demanded by the fisherman's wife - until it becomes too much.
The Myth of Daedalus and Icarus
In this classic myth, Daedalus attempts to escape imprisonment on the island of Crete by crafting a pair of wax wings for himself and his son, Icarus.
In this poem inspired by “We Wear the Mask” by Paul Lawrence Dunbar, the speaker describes concealing their identity.
A family considers what will happen if they lose their house.
Introduction to World War II
This informational text discusses what led up to WWII, its progression, and eventual conclusion.
When Good People Do Bad Things
An experiment by a cognitive neuroscientist helps us understand the science behind mob brutality.
Soccer Speaks Many Languages
Dianna Greers discusses why soccer is important to Innocent Ndayizeye, as a young refugee.
The Road to American Independence
This text recounts the major events that led the American colonies to victory in the Revolutionary War and independence from Great Britain.
To a Daughter Leaving Home
A mother watches her daughter ride away on a bike.
The Masque of the Red Death
Edgar Allan Poe
Safe inside his home from a disease ravaging the country, Prince Prospero throws an extravagant party for his esteemed friends, only to receive an unexpected guest.
The New Colossus
This famous poem is featured as an engraving on the Statue of Liberty and has filled millions of immigrants with hope.
Ronald Reagan on the Challenger Disaster
President Ronald Reagan
The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff.
A Good Man is Hard to Find
A family’s vacation is interrupted when they meet some dangerous people.
Columbus and the Egg
In this story, explorer Christopher Columbus teaches his critics a lesson about discovery.
It’s For You to Know That You Forgive, Says Holocaust Survivor
NPR, "All Things Considered"
Holocaust survivor Eva Kor meets former Nazi on trial, and offers powerful words about forgiveness, taking back power, and how to move forward.
The Story of The Lazy Boy: A Kachari Folktale
Compiled by Rev. Sidney Endle
A boy misses his opportunity to plant during planting season.
The Code of Hammurabi
An excerpt from the well-preserved document from ancient Babylonia consisting of 282 laws and corresponding punishments depending on social status