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.
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.
How A Typical Teen Did Something Not So Typical to Help Street Kids
Linus Unah discusses a teen’s actions in Nigeria to help street kids.
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.