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.
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.
Mike visits his grandmother at a nursing home and has a startling discovery.
Kayvan the Brave
A weaver’s apprentice becomes a well-known warrior.
Joseph O. Legaspi
In this poem, the speaker compares immigrants to amphibians.
Omer's Big Dive
Lucinda H. Kennaley
A boy goes on his first dive for pearls in the Arabian Gulf.
Bringing Baby Home
A speaker describes bringing their baby home for the first time.
What Do Fish Have to Do with Anything?
A boy hopes to learn the cure of unhappiness from a beggar.
The Water of Life
A king employs the services of a faithful servant to complete difficult tasks for him, hoping to win the affections of a beautiful princess.
A Simple Gift
A boy makes a plan for when he meets President Abraham Lincoln at the train station.
The Champion of Quiet
A girl who is always picked last in gym class volunteers to be a team captain.
J. Patrick Lewis
A speaker describes how it is possible to do impossible things.
The Icicle Symphony
A girl in Moscow doesn’t want to go outside with her uncle.
Pasha’s First Yom Kippur
Carol Coven Grannick
A boy prepares to celebrate his first Yom Kippur and must apologize to a neighbor.
Strong For Skeena
A boy’s sled dog needs help after she is seriously injured.