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.
A talented harpist is invited to play for the king of leprechauns.
Summer with Papaji
Jyoti Singh Visvanath
Jyoti Singh Visvanath discusses visiting her grandfather in the summer as a young girl.
Poetry Means the World to Me
Tony Medina explores the importance of poetry to Langston Hughes.
We Have Been Friends Together
Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton
A speaker discusses a conflict they are having with their friend.
The Poetry Quilt
A Puritan girl is discouraged from writing poetry by her sister.
This informational text explains how teenage male elephants make the transition into adulthood.
Growing Trees for Kenya
Wangari Maathai developed a movement to restore the forests in Kenya by planting trees.
A brother and a sister visit their great-grandmother in a nursing home.
The Mysterious Dark Day
Lois Minder Huey
Lois Minder Huey discusses a day where the northeastern American colonies went dark during the American Revolution.
A young girl struggles to fight boredom and loneliness after moving to a new home.
Life in a Totalitarian Country
This text describes the characteristics of totalitarian nations and provides examples.
Two ducks get married and celebrate with their friends.
The Sign of the Cat
A boy’s grandmother opens their home to those in need.
Jared to the Rescue
Carole Duncan Buckman
A boy helps a classmate on the first day of second grade.
Earth Day Birthday
Jody Jenson Shaffer
A girl shares her birthday with Earth Day.
All Saints' Day at Night
Linda Rae Apolzon
A boy visits a cemetery at night to celebrate All Saints Day.