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.
At the Zoo
William Makepeace Thackeray
The speaker describes the animals they see during a visit to the zoo.
I'm the Library Lady
J. Patrick Lewis
A speaker describes the books readers can find at the library.
Two ducks get married and celebrate with their friends.
A speaker describes Humpty Dumpty’s attempts to find safety under a chicken.
The Days Have Names
A speaker considers why some things are named, while others go nameless.
Sylvia Earle: Deep Ocean Explorer
A speaker describes Sylvia Earle, a famous ocean explorer.
Ode on a Grecian Urn
In this poem, John Keats describes a series of images on a Grecian urn.
“Jabberwocky” tells the story of a boy who must follow his father’s advice as he encounters a creature called the Jabberwock.
Excerpt from “Adventures of Isabel”
A young girl meets a bear during her journey.
The Human Seasons
A speaker compares the stages of life to the four seasons.
The Lighthouse Lamp
Margaret E. Sangster
A family’s lighthouse is the only thing keeping sailors from crashing during a storm.
Yesees and Noees
A speaker describes three different types of people: the “Yesees”, the “Noees”, and the “Thinkforyourselfees”.