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.
Excerpt from The Prince
Machiavelli discussed the value of cruelty and how it can be used to retain power.
Local Children's Reactions to 9-11 Tragedy
Young students discuss how their lives have been impacted by the events of September 11, 2001.
Genetically Modified Salmon: Food or 'Frankenfish'?
A new yet controversial technology makes it possible for companies to raise salmon that grow very fast.
Propaganda: Battling for the Mind
Shelby Ostergaard discusses the purpose and history of propaganda and how it influences people.
Paul Laurence Dunbar
In this poem the speaker empathizes with the experiences of a caged bird, using vivid imagery to illustrate its oppression.
A Retrieved Reformation
A notorious bank robber and lock-picker tries to escape his past and become a new man.
Introduction to the Vietnam War
An introduction to the Vietnam War, including a review of the United States’ involvement, the decline in public support for the war, and the impact of the war on the Vietnamese people.
Jupiter and His Mighty Company End the Golden Age
This myth is an account of the classic story of the battle between Jupiter, Saturn, and the Titans, retold in accessible language.
The Bill of Rights
The first ten amendments of the United States Constitution grant a number of freedoms to the federal government, the states, and the public.
Marian Anderson was a popular African American singer who faced discrimination in the early 1900s.
Echo and Narcissus
Ovid, translated by Brookes More
The classic tale of Narcissus, who falls in love with his own reflection in the water.
A Flag That Honors War Veterans
Shawn E. Hanscom
Shawn E. Hanscom discusses the significance of the Service Flag.
A Lifeline for Lions
Pamela S. Turner
In 1994, biologists were mystified by the unexpected deaths of lions in a wildlife park.
Strong For Skeena
A boy’s sled dog needs help after she is seriously injured.
What Do Fish Have to Do with Anything?
A boy hopes to learn the cure of unhappiness from a beggar.
Experts Debate: Will Computers Edge People Out Of Entire Careers?
Experts with competing viewpoints discuss the impact that rapid technological development will have on the future availability of jobs.
The Open Window
An anxious man is prescribed rest for his nervous condition but encounters a devious host during his retreat.
An Uncomfortable Bed
Guy de Maupassant
A wealthy man stays the night in a lavish mansion. All night, he suspects his friends are playing tricks on him.
Money Tells a Story
John Jones found Confederate money that showed slaves smiling as they worked and wondered why.