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.
The Elephant and the Crocodile
H. Berkeley Score
A Crocodile and an Elephant attempt to find out which is the better animal.
Meet Hannah Wynne: Teen Storyteller
Kathiann M. Kowalski
Kathiann M. Kowalski discusses a teen storyteller.
Johnny Chuck Finds the Best Thing in the World
Thornton W. Burgess
A group of animals search for the best thing in the world.
Excerpt from The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man
James Weldon Johnson
A man describes his journey to Paris and his thoughts on the city.
Excerpt from Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus
An explorer describes his voyage before bringing Victor Frankenstein on his ship.
Excerpt from Tess of the d’Urbervilles
A man encounters someone who reveals a surprising fact about his family ancestry.
Many Hits, Rather Than A Big One, Pose Greatest Concussion Risk
Nancy Shute discusses a study that explores the effects that several hits to head can have on the brain.
What Is a Spacewalk?
Spacewalks are when astronauts leave their spacecraft and work in space.
A New Spin on a Space Horse
Ken Croswell, Ph.D
Ken Croswell describes a feature in the space known as the Horsehead Nebula.
Excerpt from “The Lotos-Eaters”
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
A group of sailors experiences strange effects after eating a special flower.
The Three Sisters
Barbara Hagen discusses the food that many Americans Indians ate hundreds of years ago.
Smartphones Put Your Privacy At Risk
Maria Temming discusses how smartphones can present a threat to your privacy.
Supreme Court Landmark Series: Tinker v. Des Moines
In the Supreme Court Landmark Series, a host discusses the Supreme Court’s decision in Tinker v. Des Moines.
Robin A. Zimmerman
Robin A. Zimmerman discusses the significance of the quetzal, a beautiful bird of Mexico and Central America.
How the Stories Came to Be
Mabel Powers retells a folktale about the beginning of stories.
Chiron, the Wisest Centaur
Hermes, Messenger of the Gods, interviews Chiron the Centaur.
Working Moms Have Been A 'Thing' Since Ancient History
Michaeleen Doucleff discusses Alison Macintosh’s study of prehistoric women’s bones.
Poem Resisting Arrest
A speaker describes a poem that questions its arrest.
Learning About the Holocaust
Michael A. Signal
Michael A. Signal discusses the organized killing of Jewish people during World War II.