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.
On the Reverence Due Father- and Mother-in-Law
China’s first female historian Zhao Ban advises women on the proper way to treat their in-laws.
The Battle of Bull Run: The End of Illusions
Ernest B. Furgurson
This passage recounts the events of the First Battle of Bull Run, as well as its role in the disillusionment of the American people in the early stages of the American Civil War.
The Spanish Civil War
In 1936, tensions between the Republican loyalists and the Falangist nationalists in Spain erupted into a deadly civil war.
To the State Senate on Being Elected Its President
Calvin Coolidge addresses the Massachusetts Senate about what makes a successful government and society.
A young couple can have great wealth, but are they willing to do what it takes?
Stravinsky’s Riotous ‘Rite of Spring’
Miles Hoffman, for NPR
Igor Stravinsky’s ground breaking composition for the ballet, "The Rite of Spring," forever changed modern music; however, the creativity of his work was not always appreciated.
Sweet, Difficult Sounds
A young immigrant girl struggles to fit in at her new school.
This Father's Day, Remembering a Time When Dads Weren't Welcome in Delivery Rooms
Deena Prichep discusses a time when fathers were discouraged from being present for the birth of their children.
Aral Sea Demise Harms People Of Mujnak
All Things Considered, NPR
NPR discusses how the Aral Sea dried up and the impact it had on a nearby town.
Dam Revives Aral Sea and Nearby Communities in Kazakhstan
Morning Edition, NPR
NPR discusses the positive impacts a dam has had on the shrinking Aral Sea and its surrounding communities.
Rules of the Game
Waverly Jong learns about the rules of chess, as well as her mother along the way.
In this excerpt, a young girl clashes with her mother over playing the piano.
Readers are invited into a future where food has been replaced and one character longs for the pleasure of real food again.
A Tense Calm on Brazil-Venezuelan Border after Anti-Immigrant Riot
Inacio Doce Villamar
In August 2018, thousands of Venezuelans were crossing the border and seeking refuge in Brazil because of economic and political problems in Venezuela.
From tiger to free-range parents — what research says about pros and cons of popular parenting styles
Rebecca English describes three types of parents: tiger, helicopter, and free-range parents.
A mother reflects on her daughter’s choices.
The Wretched and the Beautiful
E. Lily Yu
Aliens land on a beach interrupting the lives of the people there and influencing the choices the people make.
How Do We Tell Right from Wrong?
Psychologist Lawerence Kohlberg studied how people make decisions about right and wrong and developed a theory about the stages of moral development.
Sol Painting, Inc.
A young girl is faced with new realizations about her world.