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 Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan Scandal
Before a figure skating competition in 1994, Nancy Kerrigan was attacked, and Tonya Harding, a fellow competitor, came under suspicion.
Night Lights Have a Dark Side
Alison Pearce Stevens
Alison Pearce Stevens discusses the negative effects of light pollution.
10 Things You Can Do to Avoid Fraud
Federal Trade Commission
The Federal Trade Commission discusses what people can do to protect themselves against fraud.
Reaching New Heights
A successful basketball player inspires kids who have the same skin disease as him.
Nature Shows How Dragons Might Breathe Fire
Bethany Brookshire uses science to discuss how a dragon might breathe fire.
Alice Coachman Jumps for the Sky
Barbara Kramer discusses Alice Coachman, a high jump legend.
On Twitter, Fake News Has Greater Allure Than Truth Does
Maria Temming discusses a study exploring the spread of false news on Twitter.
The Solitude of Self
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
In this speech, Elizabeth Cady Stanton discusses why women should have equal rights.
Shooting an Elephant
A British officer must decide whether or not to shoot an elephant that has become aggressive.
Excerpt from “Nature”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson discusses his appreciation for nature.
Carrots with Character
Erin K. Peabody
Erin K. Peabody discusses the benefits of genetically modified carrots.
Día de los Muertos Comes to Life Across the Mexican Diaspora
Isabel Dobrin discusses the Mexican holiday that celebrates the dead.
Evening Screen Time Can Sabotage Sleep
Ashley Yeager discusses how using electronics before bed can affect your sleep.
These Pumpkins Sure Can Kick!
Patricia Cuff discusses a young girls’ soccer team in Namibia, Africa.
Impossible to Train
Three characters discuss training their pets.
Peter McDonnell discusses the land of Africa and the people that live throughout the continent.
How a Flamingo Balances on One Leg
These extreme bird balancers stay upright with little muscle effort
Marty Kaminsky discusses the Olympic gymnast Simone Biles.
Emergency on the Mountain
A young girl must act quickly when there’s an emergency.