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.
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.
A Psalm of Life
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A speaker describes how best one can live their life.
Shelby Ostergaard discusses Jesse Owens’ win at the Summer Olympics in 1936.
Cesar Chavez: The Life Behind A Legacy Of Farm Labor Rights
Maureen Pao, for NPR
Maureen Pao discusses the life and accomplishments of farm labor activist Cesar Chavez.
Eyes in the Sky
Heather Bode describes the job of a fire watcher.
The Lights of Saint Lucia
Two sisters have important morning traditions for Saint Lucia Day.
The Little Girl Who Would Not Work
Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
A little girl would rather play all day than work.
A girl struggles to get her grandfather to see her as American.
Heidi Ayarbe describes life in a village located in the Amazon.
What a Pro Knows: Playing to Win
Christine Louise Hohlbaum
Christine Louise Hohlbaum discusses Tamika Catchings, a women’s national basketball star.
How Video Games Are Getting Inside Your Head — And Wallet
Steve Henn, for NPR
Steve Henn discusses how game companies are learning from the gamers that use their products.
The Reign of Terror
Jessica McBirney discusses the violent period during the French Revolution known as the Reign of Terror.
The Unspoken History Behind a Surname
Lolly Bowean discusses the history behind African American surnames.
What My Father Said
A boy wants to play football with his friends, but is put to work by his dad.
Reading to Max
A boy reads to a cat at an animal shelter.