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 Brothers Grimm
A jealous queen torments a beautiful young girl.
Healing ‘Brick City’: A Newark Doctor Returns Home
A physician who grew up in a troubled neighborhood reflects on the trajectory of his life.
How Santa Claus Found the Poor-House
Two young boys living in a "poor-house" in Victorian England receive a Christmas gift like no other--a reward for the resilience and loyalty.
Immigration to the United States
Michael A. Signal
Michael A. Signal discusses the history of immigration to the United States.
The Two Travelers
Maude Barrows Dutton
Two travelers must decide whether or not to complete a series of tasks for a reward.
Mike Weinstein describes how colonists dumped tea from an English trade company into the Boston Harbor in 1773.
Going, Going, Gone!
Xyza: News for Kids
Famous street artist Banksy made it so his painting destroyed itself at auction.
The Selfish Giant
A selfish giant learns a powerful lesson about friendship and kindness.
Bullying in Early Adolescence
Dorothy L. Espelage
This research digest explores the roles that peers play in promoting bullying in adolescence, beyond the role of “bully” and “victim.”
A speaker describes their ancestors coming to America through Ellis Island.
The best way to deal with failure
Selin Malkoc discusses how people deal with failure.
The Mysterious Egg
A group of farm animals waits for a mysterious egg to hatch.
Plessy vs. Ferguson
Plessy v. Ferguson was a court case that challenged racial segregation in public areas in the 1890s.
Let's Take a White House Tour
John Riley and Barbara Burt
John Riley and Barbara Burt take readers on a tour of the White House.
Bound for a New Life
Ruth Spencer Johnson
Two children work in Jamestown, an English colony in America.
On Twitter, Fake News Has Greater Allure Than Truth Does
Maria Temming discusses a study exploring the spread of false news on Twitter.
The Golden Touch
Hawthorne retells the myth of King Midas, whose lust for gold deprives him of what he most cherishes.
Valley Forge and the American Revolution
This informational text describes the circumstances that led to American success in the Revolutionary War.
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
A man pauses for a thoughtful moment in the woods.