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.
Should we scoff at the idea of love at first sight?
James Kuzner discusses the idea of love at first sight.
Elie Wiesel's Nobel Acceptance Speech
Elie Wiesel accepts the Nobel Peace Prize and discusses how the world can achieve peace in the future.
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.
Going to School as a Refugee
Facing numerous challenges, refugee students in Dallas schools look to one another for support.
A woman doesn’t understand the harm in spreading a rumor.
Arriving at Emerald City
L. Frank Baum
Dorothy and her friends arrive at the Emerald City to meet the Great Oz.
What My Father Said
A boy wants to play football with his friends, but is put to work by his dad.
This informational article discusses the process of traveling to the American west as a pioneer during the 19th century.
Screen Addiction Among Teens: Is There Such A Thing?
Anya Kamenetz explores whether or not teens can be truly addicted to technology.
The 1972 Andes Flight Disaster
In 1972, a plane carrying a Uruguayan rugby team crashed in the remote Andes mountains, forcing the young men to resort to dire measures to survive.
Justice for All
Lynn Rymarz discusses how Ida B. Wells confronted racial injustice on a train.
How Video Games Are Getting Inside Your Head — And Wallet
Steve Henn, for NPR
Steve Henn discusses how game companies are learning from the gamers that use their products.
“Today’s Telephone” explores the nature of the telephone and the circumstances surrounding its invention.
George Washington Carver
George Washington Carver’s perseverance and scientific ability are discussed in this instructive text.
What is a vaccine?
Lindsey Konkel describes what a vaccine is and how it works.
Sometimes, History is Sadness
This piece explores the human impact of the tragic historical events of September 11, 2001.
Marley Dias: The 13-Year-Old Activist & Author
Barrett Smith discusses the 13-year-old activist and her campaign to collect books with black girls as the main characters.