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.
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.
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.