CommonLit is a free collection of fiction and nonfiction for 5th-12th grade classrooms. Search and filter our collection by lexile, grade, theme, genre, literary device, or common core standard.
The Star and the Lily
Hamilton Wright Mabie
A chieftain tells the story of how the lily was created.
All Summer in a Day
Margot’s beliefs are very different from those of her classmates on the planet Venus.
Queens of the Spy World Whose Intrigues Sway the Fate of Nations
This article discusses the legendary women of the spy world and their contributions to the countries they served in wartime.
A speaker tells a grown up that he should try “growing down”.
Hans Christian Andersen
Born in the center of a tulip and stuck forever at her small size, Thumbelina faces many challenges because she is so different from others around her.
The Clock Man
A child is questioned about how much he would pay for more time.
Ancient Greek thinkers have influenced Western culture and philosophy for centuries.
Sometimes a Dream Needs a Push
Walter Dean Myers
A boy has an accident and must find a new way to accomplish a dream.
Once Upon a Time
A family in South Africa tries to protect their home from intruders and live happily ever after.
Pigs is Pigs
Ellis Parker Butler
An argument over the definition of “guinea pigs” leads to unanticipated and avoidable problems.
They're Made Out of Meat
Two aliens are faced with the dilemma of whether to interact with humans.
A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings
Gabriel García Márquez
In this short story, an old man with wings crashes into a family’s yard and is exploited by the family and townspeople.
In this short story set in a gleaming technological future, a young person travels to see their first tree.
J. Patrick Lewis
The poet assumes the voice of journalist and civil rights activist Helen Zia and explains how she uses words to share her perspective with others.
To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time
This carpe diem poem encourages readers to “gather ye rosebuds while ye may.”