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.
A speaker describes a man’s experience after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans.
What My Father Said
A boy wants to play football with his friends, but is put to work by his dad.
Tuesday of the Other June
Norma Fox Mazer
A young girl is bullied by someone with the same name.
Daughter of Invention
A girl who has recently moved from the Dominican Republic to America prepares a speech to present in front of her school.
When You Are Old
William Butler Yeats
In this poem, a speaker asks someone to reflect on their life and on lost love in their old age.
A boy decides to get revenge on a teacher he believes has been unfair to him.
There's a certain Slant of light
A speaker describes a slant of light on a winter day.
Barack Obama’s Nobel Lecture
Barack Obama accepts the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.
The White Umbrella
A Chinese American girl sees a white umbrella she wishes she could have.
The Medicine Bag
Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve
Martin’s grandpa comes to visit and brings a medicine bag that is to be passed down to him.
Walking for My Life
Jennifer Owings Dewey
A narrator must walk through the desert after their car is damaged.
Valentine for Ernest Mann
Naomi Shihab Nye
A speaker describes finding inspiration for poetry from the world around them.
The Legend of the Dipper
Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
A little girl hurries to bring a dipper full of water to her mother.
J. Patrick Lewis
A speaker describes the experiences of Civil Rights activist Sylvia Mendez, as a child.