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.
Experts Debate: Will Computers Edge People Out Of Entire Careers?
Experts with competing viewpoints discuss the impact that rapid technological development will have on the future availability of jobs.
A Retrieved Reformation
A notorious bank robber and lock-picker tries to escape his past and become a new man.
Why Are We Obsessed With Superheroes?
"Over the years, superheroes have morphed to fit our social needs of the time," writes David Wright.
The Lion in Love
A lion gives up everything in order to marry a woodcutter's daughter.
What Your Most Vivid Memories Say About You
Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D.
According to Dr. Susan Krauss Whitbourne, a person's memories can be self-defining.
The Bear and the Two Travelers
A traveler abandons his friend in the face of danger.
The Real ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Soldier Saved 75 Souls Without Ever Carrying A Gun
A soldier who refused to carry a weapon in World War II emerged as a hero after saving 75 fellow soldiers.
What is Antarctica?
NASA explores one of Earth’s icy continents, Antarctica.
Local Children's Reactions to 9-11 Tragedy
Young students discuss how their lives have been impacted by the events of September 11, 2001.
The Thief and His Mother
A mother praises her son for stealing, but this decision has dire consequences.
In My Mom's Shoes
Kat Chow reflects on losing her mother and the experience of walking in her mother’s old shoes.
Play, Play Again
Ellen Braaf discusses the benefits that animals experience from playing.
Last Diary Entry of John Wilkes Booth
John Wilkes Booth
In his final diary entry, John Wilkes Booth justifies his assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and wonders at his fate.
Stepping back in time, this informational text invites the reader to imagine life with the northeast natives of pre-colonial America.
Court Rejects New York City's Portion Cap for Sugary Drinks
Dr. Lisa Firestone
Dr. Firestone, a health advocate, summarizes the Court of Appeals ruling rejecting the proposed soda ban.
Why I Refuse to Say I 'Fight' My Disability
In this article, Hitselberger takes issue with the language sometimes used around the issue of dealing with one’s disability.
Jewish Refugees on the St. Louis
This informational text discusses how Jewish refugees on the St. Louis were denied entrance to multiple countries.
Workers’ Rights and the History of Labor Unions
This article provides a brief history of labor unions, including common tactics and important advances in workers’ rights.
The Yellow Wallpaper
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
A 19th century woman struggles to maintain her sanity in the confines of a yellow room.