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 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.
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.
Too Many Vegetables
A boy and his dad give zucchinis from their garden to their neighbors.
Strong For Skeena
A boy’s sled dog needs help after she is seriously injured.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
The speaker describes a traveler’s tale about ancient ruins encountered in a desert.
A girl needs enough money to buy a special doll.
Athena and the Dandelions
A Greek American girl and her family collect dandelions for dinner.
We Have Been Friends Together
Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton
A speaker discusses a conflict they are having with their friend.
A brother and a sister visit their great-grandmother in a nursing home.