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 Great Woolly Bear Hunt
Craig W. Steele
A speaker searches for a creature called a woolly bear.
This Father's Day, Remembering a Time When Dads Weren't Welcome in Delivery Rooms
Deena Prichep discusses a time when fathers were discouraged from being present for the birth of their children.
Immigrants in Our Own Land
Jimmy Santiago Baca
An immigrant dreams of a better life but encounters a disappointing reality instead.
Ghosts in Your Head
Kirsten Weir discusses how healthy brains can sometimes imagine certain sensations.
Why Teens Find The End Of The World So Appealing
Elissa Nadworny discusses why teenagers are drawn to the genre of dystopian fiction.
A boy wants to be named the most valuable player during his basketball team’s championship game.
Francesca Lia Block
A blue creature appears before a young girl after her mother leaves.
On Winning the Coloring Contest in Second Grade
A speaker describes winning a coloring contest.
Cool Jobs: Unearthing the Secrets of Soil
Lindsey Konkel discusses scientists who study soil and what their work can reveal.
This Tiny Animal Is Apocalypse-Proof
Maria Temming describes a creature that can survive in unforgiving environments.
Explainer: Animals’ Role in Human Disease
Amanda Leigh Mascarelli
Amanda Leigh Mascarelli discusses how diseases among animals can impact humans.
Immigration to the United States
Michael A. Signal
Michael A. Signal discusses the history of immigration to the United States.
The Tyrant Who Became a Just Ruler
Maude Barrows Dutton
A cruel ruler decides to be fair to his people.
The White Nights of Ramadan
A Muslim family celebrates Girgian in the middle of the month of Ramadan.
Meet the Coyote Next Door
This informational text discusses what to do about coyotes who are being spotted more often in cities and suburbs in North America.
What a Pro Knows: Prepared to Save Lives
Jean Daigneau describes the experiences of firefighter Eric Davis.
Waiting for Miss Liberty
Barbara D. Krasner
Barbara D. Krasner discusses the construction of the Statue of Liberty.
Shakespeare: Who Was The Bard?
Mia Hodorovich discusses theories that question the true authorship of William Shakespeare’s works.
Excerpt from The Tragedy of Julius Caesar: Act I, Scene II
In this excerpt from The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Brutus and Cassius discuss Caesar’s abilities as a leader.