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.
In My Mom's Shoes
Kat Chow reflects on losing her mother and the experience of walking in her mother’s old shoes.
In the 1970s, over a milion Americans went crazy for the pet rock trend.
The Center of Our Solar System
Jessica McBirney discusses the important role that the sun plays in our solar system.
When Stars Explode
Ken Croswell, Ph.D
Ken Croswell discusses what happens when stars explode.
'Enemies from Within' Speech
Senator Joseph McCarthy
In Senator Joseph McCarthy’s most famous speech, he condemns the threat of communism and accuses the state department of communist infiltration.
Ronald Reagan on the Challenger Disaster
President Ronald Reagan
The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Nobel Acceptance Speech
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. accepts the Nobel Peace Prize for his contributions to the Civil Rights Movement.
American Dream Faces Harsh New Reality
Three years after the economic recession, Americans seem to be losing faith in the American Dream.
Elizabeth Preston describes the colorful Zhangye Danxia mountains in China.
Let's See What You're Made Of
This text explores the world of cells, explaining how multicellular and unicellular organisms are composed.
Olivia E. Coolidge
A talented weaver’s skills are put to the test when she is challenged by Athena.
This informational text discusses Alexander Hamilton’s life and contributions to the founding of the United States.
Showdown in Little Rock
This informational text explores the 1957 incident in Little Rock, Arkansas where white segregationists and the governor illegally tried to block black students from integrating into white schools.
Why Dolphins Make Us Nervous
Dolphins’ brain size suggests they may be as intelligent as humans.
Rosa Parks: Beyond the Bus
Barrett Smith explores Rosa Parks’ accomplishments beyond her role in inspiring the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Two bitter enemies are trapped in the woods together, and the lines between friendship and enmity are tested.
The Lion in Love
A lion gives up everything in order to marry a woodcutter's daughter.