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.
African American Suffragists
Margaret Gushue discusses African American women’s experiences and contributions during women’s suffrage
Fly High, Bessie Coleman
Jane Sutcliffe discusses the first African American woman to receive her pilot license.
The Two Travelers
Maude Barrows Dutton
Two travelers must decide whether or not to complete a series of tasks for a reward.
Meet The Fearless Cook Who Secretly Fed — And Funded — The Civil Rights Movement
Maria Godoy discusses Georgia Gilmore, who contributed to the Civil Rights Movement through her cooking.
A girl living in England during World War II is bullied by one of her classmates.
Cesar Chavez: His Fight for the Farm Workers
Barbara Bloom discusses Cesar Chavez’s activism to protect the rights of farm workers.
A Flag That Honors War Veterans
Shawn E. Hanscom
Shawn E. Hanscom discusses the significance of the Service Flag.
When Playing Video Games Means Sitting On Life's Sidelines
ReSTART is a rehabilitation center that works with people addicted to technology.
Boko Haram & The Chibok Schoolgirls Kidnapping
Barrett Smith discusses the kidnapping of 276 Chibok schoolgirls by the terrorist group Boko Haram.
Making Books in Braille
Laurie Lower makes copies of books in braille for people with vision loss.
The Rich Man and the Bundle of Wood
Maude Barrows Dutton
A rich man underpays a poor man who brings him wood.
An Introduction to Communism
Jessica McBirney describes communism and discusses communist countries.
Tornadoes: Watch Out!
Michael A. Signal
Michael A. Signal discusses the dangers of tornadoes.
The Dust Bowl
Jessica McBirney discusses the causes of the Dust Bowl, a time of severe dust storms in the central United States.
A speaker describes a man’s experience after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans.
A boy agrees to meet one of his classmates at a castle, not knowing what to expect.