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 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.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
United Nations General Assembly
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by United Nations and describes an individual’s rights.
Explainer: Hurricanes, Cyclones, and Typhoons
Lillian Steenblik Hwang
Lillian Steenblik Hwang discusses how hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons form.
All of Spain Celebrates Three Kings' Day
Natacha Sanz-Caballero discusses the celebration of Three Kings’ Day in Spain.
Protest Music is as American as Apple Pie
Thomas Pool discusses the history of protest music in America.
The Hero's Journey
Jessica McBirney discusses a common structure in stories known as the Hero’s Journey.