CommonLit The Library
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.
Mother to Son
This Harlem Renaissance poem uses metaphor to depict a mother's struggles in life.
This text provides an overview of when and how individuals give in to herd behavior.
“The Worst Birthday” from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Tensions rise at home as a boy must suppress his magical abilities around his non-magical family, who has forgotten his birthday.
How Jackie Robinson Changed Baseball
This informational text discusses the first African-American Major League Baseball player, Jackie Robinson.
The Rose That Grew from Concrete
A speaker describes a flower that grew in an unlikely place.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Changing America
This informational text outlines Dr. King’s accomplishments and leadership in America.
The Gift of The Magi
A man and a woman sacrifice their most prized possessions to buy one another a Christmas gift.
A Chinese-American girl feels embarrassed by her family during dinner.
Malala Yousafzai: A Normal Yet Powerful Girl
Malala Yousafzai still advocates for women's education after being shot in the head by the Taliban.
The Scottsboro Boys
This text discusses the trial in which nine black boys were wrongfully accused and convicted for a crime they didn’t commit.
Introduction to the Holocaust
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
This informational text explains what the Holocaust was, who it affected, who carried it out, and how it ended.
Want to Get Into College? Learn to Fail
Angel B. Pérez
A dean of admissions dispels the myth that students should showcase perfection on a college application, and explores the relationship between past failures and college success.
The Cost of Prison in Dollars and Lives
Michael P. Jacobson
Michael P. Jacobson discusses the punishment and rehabilitation of juvenile offenders.
Thank You, M'am
A young boy unsuccessfully tries to steal a woman’s purse.
A town takes part in an annual ritual called “the lottery.”
A young man seeking lodging is taken in by a landlady who is not what she seems.
Lamb to the Slaughter
A woman betrayed by her husband retaliates in an extreme way.
The Monkey's Paw
A man makes a wish on a charm that is given to him by an old friend and suffers the consequences.
A boy tries to impress a girl on the first day of seventh grade.