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.
The Lights of Saint Lucia
Two sisters have important morning traditions for Saint Lucia Day.
The Little Girl Who Would Not Work
Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
A little girl would rather play all day than work.
A girl struggles to get her grandfather to see her as American.
The Poor Man and the Flask of Oil
Maude Barrows Dutton
A poor man receives a gift from his neighbor.
Lather and Nothing Else
A nervous barber shaves a military captain.
The Prophet Khizir
A poor man deceives a king in order to feed in family.
Walking for My Life
Jennifer Owings Dewey
A narrator must walk through the desert after their car is damaged.
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.
Marjorie R. Sheffer
A fairy struggles to fix her broken wand.
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.