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.
Welcome to the Underworld
Michael A. Signal
Hermes, messenger of the gods, gives a tour of the Underworld.
Chiron, the Wisest Centaur
Hermes, Messenger of the Gods, interviews Chiron the Centaur.
The Phoenix Bird
Hans Christian Andersen
A narrator describes the origins and power of a mystical bird, the Phoenix.
Orpheus and Eurydice
Ovid, translated by Brookes More
This classic myth tells the story of Orpheus’s trip to the underworld in an attempt to retrieve his deceased wife, Eurydice.
Apollo and Hyacinthus
The classic myth involving the relationship between the god Apollo and a young man, Hyacinthus.
The Star and the Lily
Hamilton Wright Mabie
A chieftain tells the story of how the lily was created.
Olivia E. Coolidge
A talented weaver’s skills are put to the test when she is challenged by Athena.
Jupiter and His Mighty Company End the Golden Age
This myth is an account of the classic story of the battle between Jupiter, Saturn, and the Titans, retold in accessible language.
Tristan and Isolde
Lady Jane Wilde
A knight and a princess fall in love, but at the cost of betraying their king.
The Legend of Oedipus
The legend of Oedipus is a telling myth about the perils of testing fate.
Theseus and the Minotaur
A brave young Athenian prince vows to take on a monster who has been terrorizing the people of his city for years.
Athena and Poseidon’s Contest for Athens
This text features an intro to the genre of Greek mythology and a story about how the city of Athens got its name.
Icarus and Daedalus
Josephine Preston Peabody
The classic myth in which Icarus ignores his father’s warning and flies too close to the sun, resulting in a tragic end.
The Story of Prometheus and Pandora's Box
A retelling of the classic tales of Prometheus and Pandora’s Box, changing the traditionally erudite and lofty tone of myth to one more relatable and down-to-earth.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
One of the earliest examples of American fiction with enduring popularity (especially during the Halloween season), this short story about Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman deals with themes of love, fear, gluttony, and truth.
The Golden Touch
Hawthorne retells the myth of King Midas, whose lust for gold deprives him of what he most cherishes.
King Midas, “gifted” with the power to turn everything he touches into gold, learns to be careful what he wishes for.
The Myth of Daedalus and Icarus
In this classic myth, Daedalus attempts to escape imprisonment on the island of Crete by crafting a pair of wax wings for himself and his son, Icarus.
The Transformation of Arachne into a Spider
Arachne, a skilled weaver, offends the goddess Athena by her lack of humility and suffers the consequences.