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.
For a North Korean refugee raising her kids in the UK, the past is never far
Jieun Baek speaks to a North Korean refugee about her experiences in North Korea and raising her kids in the United Kingdom.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A girl’s brother is arrested and sent to a corrupt prison in Nigeria.
The Red Bow
A father is devastated when his daughter is killed by a diseased dog.
The power of ‘like’
Alison Pearce Stevens
According to research, social media “likes” may have a greater impact on people than we realized.
Cool Jobs: Reaching Out to E.T. Is a Numbers Game
Ilima Loomis discusses how scientists use math to look for alien life.
The Value of Being Confused
Barrett Smith discusses the benefits of being confused.
Screen Addiction Among Teens: Is There Such A Thing?
Anya Kamenetz explores whether or not teens can be truly addicted to technology.
The Story Behind Your Dreams
Ben Slivnick discusses why humans dream.
The Black Death
Margaret Gushue discusses how a devastating plague changed Europe in the 14th century.
Emily Sohn discusses an experiment that tests the unselfish nature of young children and chimps.
The best way to deal with failure
Selin Malkoc discusses how people deal with failure.
Earthlings, Meet Venus
Rachel Slivnick describes what it’s like on Venus.
Students Identify With 50-Year-Old Supreme Court Case
Nina Totenberg discusses a re-enactment of the famous Supreme Court case, Tinker v. the Des Moines Independent Community School District.
Cave Art May Have Been Handiwork Of Neanderthals
Christopher Joyce discusses the discovery of cave art that may have originated from Neanderthals.
Fun and Games
Kelsie Ingham describes the games and sports that Native American children played.
The Quake That Shook Up Geology
Beth Geiger discusses the Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964.
Concussion: More Than “Getting Your Bell Rung”
Alison Pearce Stevens
Alison Pearce Stevens discusses the extent of the damage athletes can suffer when they experience a concussion.
Excerpt from “The Overcoat”
In this excerpt from “The Overcoat,” a man attempts to work while his coworkers harass him.