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 Mysterious Egg
A group of farm animals waits for a mysterious egg to hatch.
Impossible to Train
Three characters discuss training their pets.
Immigrants in Our Own Land
Jimmy Santiago Baca
An immigrant dreams of a better life but encounters a disappointing reality instead.
A speaker describes a man’s experience after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans.
The Prophet Khizir
A poor man deceives a king in order to feed in family.
The Sheep and the Pig
Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
A sheep and a pig decide that they want to find a home.
At the Zoo
William Makepeace Thackeray
The speaker describes the animals they see during a visit to the zoo.
Naomi C. Rose
A boy learns what it means to have good and bad luck.
Act Your Age
A young girl is told over and over again to act her age.
Poetry Means the World to Me
Tony Medina explores the importance of poetry to Langston Hughes.
We Have Been Friends Together
Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton
A speaker discusses a conflict they are having with their friend.
Sleeping with the Baby
A speaker describes their baby’s difficulty sleeping through the night.
The Brothers Grimm
A jealous queen torments a beautiful young girl.
The Sparrow's Quest
A sparrow goes on a journey to find the most powerful thing on earth.
A speaker describes the process of practicing to master a skill.
The Phoenix Bird
Hans Christian Andersen
A narrator describes the origins and power of a mystical bird, the Phoenix.
Sylvia Earle: Deep Ocean Explorer
A speaker describes Sylvia Earle, a famous ocean explorer.