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.
Why I Love a Country That Once Betrayed Me
George Takei discusses his experiences being interned during WWII and his feelings about America today.
Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation
In this informational text, Mike Kubic discusses Abraham Lincoln’s decision to pass the Emancipation Proclamation and its effects on the nation.
The Elephant's Child
An insatiably curious baby elephant goes on a journey to find the crocodile — an encounter that will change him forever.
Jessica McBirney discusses the life of Frida Kahlo, one of Mexico’s most famous and most celebrated artists.
The Destinies of Two Men Who Share One Name
Melissa Block and Michele Norris
Wes Moore, an extremely successful individual, discusses his discovery of a man who shares his name and a similar past, but has a very different future ahead of him: life in prison.
First Female Army Rangers Say They Thought of ‘Future Generations of Women’
The first two women to graduate from The U.S. Army Ranger School recount their experience.
Who Gets to Be President?
This informational text discusses how the President of the United States is elected, and what occurs if the President can no longer complete his or her duties.
The Elements of Success
An exploration of three cultural traits that illustrate the success of different groups in America.
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
Psychologist Abraham Maslow suggested that human beings are driven by a progression of universal needs.
Stalin: A Brutal Legacy Uncovered
This informational text provides insight into the historical rise of Joseph Stalin, one of the most brutal tyrants in Soviet and world history.
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.
What is a Fable?
Barbara Radner discusses what a fable is.
Learning about the Solar System
Barbara Radner discusses what scientists know about our solar system.
The War of the Wall
Toni Cade Bambara
A woman comes to paint a mural on a wall that is used by the neighborhood kids.
The Farmer and the Viper
A farmer finds a snake frozen in his field and decides to help it.
Why Do We Hate Love?
Robert Firestone, Ph.D.
Loving another person and accepting love from another person can be a painful experience.
We Shall Overcome Speech
President Lyndon B. Johnson
This rousing speech, delivered just after "Bloody Sunday," led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
What Good is the Big Bad Wolf?
Linda Zajac discusses the impact that wolves, and lack thereof, have on their habitat.
A Lifeline for Lions
Pamela S. Turner
In 1994, biologists were mystified by the unexpected deaths of lions in a wildlife park.