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 Crow and the Pitcher
A thirsty crow is desperate for a drink of water.
Female WWII Pilots: The Original Fly Girls
NPR reports on the relatively little-known WWII group WASP—the Women Airforce Service Pilots—who struggled for national and military recognition.
How an 11-Year-Old Boy Invented the Popsicle
Shelby Pope for NPR
An 11-year-old boy makes a tasty mistake that results in the invention of the Popsicle.
Seven Decades On, Anne Frank’s Words Still Comfort
A young girl’s wartime diary is so poignant it still resonates today amongst those who struggle.
The Legend of the Dipper
Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
A little girl hurries to bring a dipper full of water to her mother.
Letter from Frederick Douglass to Harriet Tubman
Frederick Douglass writes a letter to Harriet Tubman praising her work in the abolitionist movement.
Censorship: For the People, or for Controlling the People?
Censorship, the government’s restriction of information deemed inappropriate, has its advantages and disadvantages which are discussed in the following text.
Shakespeare had fewer words, but doper rhymes, than rappers
Hugh Craig discusses how William Shakespeare’s vocabulary compares to other playwrights and popular rappers.
What the flu does to your body, and why it makes you feel so awful
Laura Haynes discusses the effects that the flu can have on the body.
The Complexity of Fear
Mary C. Lamia, Ph.D.
In this heavily researched article, Dr. Mary C. Lamia delineates between anxiety and fear.
A girl living in England during World War II is bullied by one of her classmates.
In this sonnet, McKay, a Harlem Renaissance poet, reveals his mixed feelings about living in "the land of the free."
Baseball: From pitch to hits
Stephen Orne discusses the science behind throwing and hitting a baseball.
Frederick Douglass: A Biography
National Park Service
This biography of Frederick Douglass provides an overview of his life and work as an abolitionist.
The Nature vs. Nurture Debate
For years, scientists have been debating what causes people to have different personalities-- genetics or environment?
Why do volcanoes erupt?
Heather Handley discusses why volcanoes erupt.
Conflicting News Reports on the Fate of the Sinking Titanic
The two excerpts from two different newspapers were both written about the Titanic the day it sank.
The Kids’ Table
A boy doesn’t want to sit at the kids’ table for Thanksgiving.