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.
A girl needs enough money to buy a special doll.
A girl wants to get even with her friend after she is treated unkindly.
Into the Rapids
Bradford H. Robie
A boy falls into the river during a rafting trip.
Act Your Age
A young girl is told over and over again to act her age.
Athena and the Dandelions
A Greek American girl and her family collect dandelions for dinner.
A talented harpist is invited to play for the king of leprechauns.
The Smell of Rain
Jennifer Owings Dewey
A narrator describes being able to smell oncoming rain.
A brother and a sister visit their great-grandmother in a nursing home.
A young girl struggles to fight boredom and loneliness after moving to a new home.
Young Goodman Brown
A religious man enters the woods and finds his faith tested by what he witnesses there.
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.
Zora Neale Hurston
A lecherous man hopes that a rattlesnake will help him get rid of his wife.
A young mongoose faces two cobras to protect the people who are important to him.
The Brothers Grimm
A young woman makes a deal with a mysterious creature when she must spin straw into gold.
The Brothers Grimm
A jealous queen torments a beautiful young girl.
The Talking Skull
Donna L. Washington
In this fable, a man finds a talking skull and wishes to show his village.