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.
Tiny Plastic, Big Problem
Alison Pearce Stevens
Much of the plastic trash that humans throw away ends up in the ocean, where it causes major problems for underwater ecosystems.
For Teens, A Good Mood Depends on Good Sleep
Meenaskshi Prabhune discusses the amount of sleep teenagers should be get to be at their best.
A boy takes a trip into the forest with his friends.
Letter from Birmingham Jail
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr., outlines his nonviolence approach to addressing injustice while responding to criticism.
Learning About the Holocaust
Michael A. Signal
Michael A. Signal discusses the organized killing of Jewish people during World War II.
Noticing Mistakes Boosts Learning
Alison Pearce Stevens
Alison Pearce Stevens discusses how noticing mistakes can help us learn.
A young woman who has been mistreated by her step-mother and sisters learns the value of kindness.
I Am Offering This Poem
Jimmy Santiago Baca
With nothing else to offer, a speaker gives the gifts of poetry and love.
How Pixar Tells a Story
Rachel Slivnick discusses the stories of Pixar movies.
The Cask of Amontillado
Edgar Allan Poe
This is a classic and suspenseful tale of revenge told from the perspective of the murderer.
We Wear the Mask
Paul Laurence Dunbar
This famous poem is about the tendency of oppressed black Americans to conceal their pain and suffering in post-Civil War America.
The Boy Who Cried Wolf
The classic fable of a sheep herder boy who lies and pays the price.
This short but profound poem deals with the idea of hiding one’s identity.
The Plymouth Thanksgiving Story
A Native American author adds key information to the commonly told story of the first Thanksgiving.
What is Antarctica?
NASA explores one of Earth’s icy continents, Antarctica.
Ruth Spencer Johnson
A black girl in Montgomery, Alabama writes to her cousin about people’s refusal to use the bus as a form of protest.
The 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing
This informational text explains how the bombing of the 16th Street Church in Birmingham, Alabama highlighted the racial tension that existed in America during the early 1960s.
Presented in both English and Spanish, this poem describes the desire to be a weed rather than a flower.