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.
Jack and the Beanstalk
In this classic fairy tale, a poor young boy braves considerable danger to acquire a fortune.
A man tells some children a dark, but realistic story in which being good does not pay off.
Any More Earths Out There?
Vicki Oransky Wittenstein
Vicki Oransky Wittenstein discusses astronomers' work to find planets outside of our solar system.
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
The speaker of the poem uses symbolism to explain the connection they feel between their ancestry and identity.
Anti-Social Networks? We’re Just As Cliquey Online
Social media sites can act as "echo chambers" that primarily reinforce old cliques
Cesar Chavez: His Fight for the Farm Workers
Barbara Bloom discusses Cesar Chavez’s activism to protect the rights of farm workers.
A speaker describes Humpty Dumpty’s attempts to find safety under a chicken.
Play, Play Again
Ellen Braaf discusses the benefits that animals experience from playing.
To My Dear and Loving Husband
A woman professes her love to her husband.
Origami — An Ancient Art
Kathiann M. Kowalski
Kathiann M. Kowalski describes the ancient art of paper folding in Japan.
Women in the Civil Rights Movement
Barrett Smith discusses the role that women played in the Civil Rights Movement.
The Blind Men and the Elephant
John Godfrey Saxe
A famous retelling of an Indian parable that deals with perception and the subjective nature of truth.
Excerpt from The Prince
Machiavelli discussed the value of cruelty and how it can be used to retain power.
Many U.S. Football players had brain disease, data show
Aimee Cunningham discusses the findings of a study that looks at football players’ brains after death.
Nice Kids Finish First: Study Finds Social Skills Can Predict Future Success
A recent study shows that children who demonstrate more ‘pro-social’ skills – those who share more and who are better listeners – are more likely to have jobs and stay out of trouble as young adults.
A Space is More Than Just a Space
The different spaces we encounter in our personal lives and communities should be treated with respect.
Reading to Max
A boy reads to a cat at an animal shelter.
What a Pro Knows: Playing to Win
Christine Louise Hohlbaum
Christine Louise Hohlbaum discusses Tamika Catchings, a women’s national basketball star.
Local Children's Reactions to 9-11 Tragedy
Young students discuss how their lives have been impacted by the events of September 11, 2001.