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.
Mike visits his grandmother at a nursing home and has a startling discovery.
The Champion of Quiet
A girl who is always picked last in gym class volunteers to be a team captain.
Pasha’s First Yom Kippur
Carol Coven Grannick
A boy prepares to celebrate his first Yom Kippur and must apologize to a neighbor.
A girl needs enough money to buy a special doll.
A girl wants to get even with her friend after she is treated unkindly.
Athena and the Dandelions
A Greek American girl and her family collect dandelions for dinner.
The Poetry Quilt
A Puritan girl is discouraged from writing poetry by her sister.
Walnuts and Watermelons
Mehded Maryam Sinclair
A boy wonders why small walnuts grow from big trees and large watermelons grow from small vines.
The Sign of the Cat
A boy’s grandmother opens their home to those in need.
Earth Day Birthday
Jody Jenson Shaffer
A girl shares her birthday with Earth Day.
All Saints' Day at Night
Linda Rae Apolzon
A boy visits a cemetery at night to celebrate All Saints Day.
A speaker describes the process of practicing to master a skill.
Thank You, M'am
A young boy unsuccessfully tries to steal a woman’s purse.
A woman is expected to join a sisterhood following the death of her mother.
Excerpt from “Where Lovers Dream”
A woman runs into someone she used to know at a wedding.
Excerpt from Swann's Way
A narrator describes being on the verge of sleep.
Excerpt from Far From the Madding Crowd
A young woman captures attention of men at the market.