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.
How You See Yourself
Set to Go
A person’s self-image is crucial for developing positive decision-making skills and maintaining good relationships.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
One of the earliest examples of American fiction with enduring popularity (especially during the Halloween season), this short story about Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman deals with themes of love, fear, gluttony, and truth.
Jessica McBirney discusses the life of Frida Kahlo, one of Mexico’s most famous and most celebrated artists.
5 Surprising Facts about the Refugee Crisis
Jason Beaubien discusses the refugee crisis, which has resulted in millions fleeing their home countries.
In this poem, a speaker describes the happiness he finds in eating a summer peach.
African American Suffragists
Margaret Gushue discusses African American women’s experiences and contributions during women’s suffrage
Hooray for Us!
Connie Hurst Howard
In this text, a group of students comes together to clean up an old park.
How the Internet Came to Be
Shelby Ostergaard explains how the Internet developed and how it works today.
I Hear America Singing
During the urbanization of America, Walt Whitman championed an America alive with nature, art, and the beauty of the human imagination.
Zora Neale Hurston
A lecherous man hopes that a rattlesnake will help him get rid of his wife.
A young girl struggles to fight boredom and loneliness after moving to a new home.
“Jabberwocky” tells the story of a boy who must follow his father’s advice as he encounters a creature called the Jabberwock.
A Century of Blossoms
Patricia A. Miller
Patricia A. Miller discusses how cherry blossoms came to be planted in Washington, D.C.
The ancient Egyptians built grand monuments that have lasted to the present, notably their pyramids, for religious reasons and for glorification of their pharaohs.
A young woman must deal with unkind and spiteful treatment from her two older sisters.
In this informational text, the author shares several well-known stories about Abraham Lincoln.
I Ask My Mother to Sing
In this poem, the narrator’s mother and grandmother sing about China.
'To Be Or Not To Be' Soliloquy
In this famous soliloquy, Hamlet contemplates suicide and discusses why men are moved to inaction.
Reaching New Heights
A successful basketball player inspires kids who have the same skin disease as him.