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 Story of The Lazy Boy: A Kachari Folktale
Compiled by Rev. Sidney Endle
A boy misses his opportunity to plant during planting season.
Death Marches in the Holocaust
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
This text discusses the evacuations and marches that concentration camp prisoners were subjected to during the end of World War II.
How Autism Freed Me to be Myself
In this speech, 16-year-old Rosie King shares her experiences with autism and how it has allowed her to be true to herself.
Are Humans Really Headed To Mars Anytime Soon?
Experts and other interested parties meditate on current efforts to send a manned spacecraft to Mars.
This excerpt from Aristotle's famous work "Poetics" proposes a definition of the perfect tragedy.
What Are Clouds?
Clouds on our planet have an important impact on the weather and provide valuable information to scientists.
Can We Cultivate Our Own Happiness?
Martin Seligman researches how people can be happier and has developed the field of “positive psychology.”
Barrett Smith discusses the life and contributions of the activist Malcolm X to the Civil Right Movement.
Zombies are real!
Kathryn Hulick discusses real-life zombies and the organisms that control them.
At the Zoo
William Makepeace Thackeray
The speaker describes the animals they see during a visit to the zoo.
The Rescue of the Tin Woodman
L. Frank Baum
Dorothy, Toto, and the Scarecrow meet the Tin Woodman.
Manifest Destiny, I Do Believe
In this letter, missionary and pioneer Cordelia writes of her bold plans to travel west and "civilize" the Indians.
Mike visits his grandmother at a nursing home and has a startling discovery.
Excerpt from “Civil Disobedience”
Henry David Thoreau
This excerpt from Thoreau's famous essay meditates on the necessity of following one’s own conscience, even if it conflicts with the law.
When Playing Video Games Means Sitting On Life's Sidelines
ReSTART is a rehabilitation center that works with people addicted to technology.
Jack and the Beanstalk
In this classic fairy tale, a poor young boy braves considerable danger to acquire a fortune.
Anti-Social Networks? We’re Just As Cliquey Online
Social media sites can act as "echo chambers" that primarily reinforce old cliques
A Matter of Taste
Jeanne Miller explains how humans taste different flavors.