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 Two Travelers
Maude Barrows Dutton
Two travelers must decide whether or not to complete a series of tasks for a reward.
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.
Ain't I a Woman?
Sojourner Truth speaks on women's rights at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in 1851.
A Sound of Thunder
A man travels back in time to when the dinosaurs roamed the Earth.
The Prophet Khizir
A poor man deceives a king in order to feed in family.
A narrator describes their mother’s life and past career as a trapeze performer.
Walking for My Life
Jennifer Owings Dewey
A narrator must walk through the desert after their car is damaged.
A young woman must deal with unkind and spiteful treatment from her two older sisters.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Peter Rabbit doesn’t listen to his mother when she warns her children not to go in Mr. McGregor’s garden.
Naomi C. Rose
A boy learns what it means to have good and bad luck.
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 Walrus and the Carpenter
A walrus and a carpenter convince a group of young oysters to follow them.
Seeking a Hidden Hive
A small boy and his grandfather search for a beehive to collect the honey from inside.
A speaker describes their experiences in America as the child of immigrant parents.
Stop the Hungry Giant Fish
A hungry fish threatens to eat the Island of Guam.