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.
A Good Man is Hard to Find
A family’s vacation is interrupted when they meet some dangerous people.
The Peanut Man
George Washington Carver showed farmers the benefits of growing peanuts.
The Brothers Grimm
A young woman makes a deal with a mysterious creature when she must spin straw into gold.
The New Colossus
This famous poem is featured as an engraving on the Statue of Liberty and has filled millions of immigrants with hope.
Betsy James discusses what we can learn from rocks.
The Third Wave
In 1967, a history teacher's social experiment based on the leadership tactics of the Third Reich got out of control.
Why Teens Find The End Of The World So Appealing
Elissa Nadworny discusses why teenagers are drawn to the genre of dystopian fiction.
(love song, with two goldfish)
The speaker describes a love story between two goldfish in a fish bowl.
A Lonely Planet Ponders
John P. Curtin
A planet narrates his role in the universe, governed by the laws of nature.
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.
All Saints’ Day at Night
Linda Rae Apolzon
A boy visits a cemetery at night to celebrate All Saints Day.
A speaker describes how aging affects their grandfather.
A Dead Woman's Secret
Guy de Maupassant
While mourning the passing of their saintly mother, a brother and sister uncover a shocking secret.
Fun and Games
Kelsie Ingham describes the games and sports that Native American children played.
Valentine for Ernest Mann
Naomi Shihab Nye
A speaker describes finding inspiration for poetry from the world around them.
Shelby Ostergaard discusses Jesse Owens’ win at the Summer Olympics in 1936.
Strength in Numbers
This informational text discusses how different organisms are grouped together and contribute to the world.
How the News Media Works
Jessica McBirney explores what news media is and what information it provides the public.
Excerpt from Peter Pan: "When Wendy Grew Up"
In this final chapter of the classic novel Peter Pan, Wendy and the boys finally grow up, leaving Peter behind in Neverland.