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.
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.
When Women Stopped Coding
Steve Henn explores why fewer women are pursuing jobs in computer science.
Barbara Radner discusses different government jobs.
Toni Cade Bambara
A girl takes her brother to a track race she’s participating in.
Tuesday of the Other June
Norma Fox Mazer
A young girl is bullied by someone with the same name.
A boy must act quickly when he hears a tornado warning.
‘Witch’ Burnings Haunt Kenyan Tribe
Gwen Thompkins discusses the burning of 11 accused witches in a Kenyan tribe in 2008.
A futurist society achieves equality at a steep cost.
Salem Memorializes Those Killed During Witch Trials
Merrit Kennedy discusses the opening of a memorial established on the site where 19 people were hanged during the Salem witch trials.