A Navigator is a collection of questions and activities intended to support group or independent study of a selected novel or picture book. The Navigator series was developed by the Center for Gifted Education at The College of William and Mary as a language arts resource for teachers and students.

Novel studies should encourage advanced readers to develop their skills at analyzing and interpreting literature through structured questions and activities that highlight themes and concepts, literary elements, and real world connections contained within the books. In addition, novel studies are opportunities for students to develop their own vocabulary and writing skills by exploring and emulating the language and style used by authors.

At this time, we have discontinued the sale of the Navigators. They are being reconceptualized and revised. Please check back again in the future or download the free Navigators below.

Many are also available at no charge in pdf format; please see the list  below. Also available is A Teacher's Guide to Using Navigators [pdf].

Suggested Grade Levels
Jumanji Chris Van Allsburg Grades 1-3
Where the Wild Things Are (New) Maurice Sendak Grades 1-3
The Garden of Abdul Gasazi Chirs Van Allsburg Grades 2-3

An Angel for Solomon Singer [pdf] (full navigator)

Cynthia Rylant Grades 2-3
Talk About a Family Eloise Greenfield Grades 3-4
Sarah, Plain and Tall Patricia MacLachlan Grades 3-4
Charlotte's Web E. B. White Grades 3-4
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory [pdf] (abbreviated version) Roald Dahl Grades 3-5
Who Really Killed Cock Robin? [pdf] (full navigator) Jean Craighead George Grades 3-5
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (New) J. K. Rowling Grades 3-5
Underrunners [pdf] (full navigator) Margaret Mahy Grades 3-6
Bud, Not Buddy Christopher Paul Curtis Grades 4-5
A Wrinkle in Time (New) Madeleine L'Engle Grades 4-5
The Abracadabra Kid Sid Fleischman Grades 4-5
Stone Fox John Reynolds Gardiner Grades 4-5
Everything on a Waffle Polly Horvath Grades 4-5
Snow Treasure Marie McSwigan Grades 4-5
Shiloh Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Grades 4-5
The Egypt Game Zilpha Keatley Snyder Grades 4-5
The Door in the Wall [pdf] (full navigator) Marguerite de Angeli Grades 4-6
Sounder (NEW) William Armstrong Grades 4-6
The Midwife's Apprentice (NEW) Karen Cushman Grades 4-6
Yolanda's Genius (NEW) Carol Fenner Grades 4-6
The Whipping Boy (NEW) Sid Fleischman Grades 4-6
Number the Stars Lois Lowry Grades 4-6
Bridge to Terabithia Katherine Paterson Grades 4-6
The Great Gilly Hopkins Katherine Paterson Grades 4-6
Jacob, Have I Loved (New) Katherine Paterson Grades 4-6
A Year Down Yonder Richard Peck Grades 4-6
A Girl from Yamhill Beverly Cleary Grades 5-6
Sarah Bishop Scott O'Dell Grades 5-6
Little Women Louisa May Alcott Grades 5-7
Tuck Everlasting Natalie Babbitt Grades 5-7
Walk Two Moons Sharon Creech Grades 5-7
Little by Little Jean Little Grades 5-7
A Single Shard (NEW) Linda Sue Park Grades 5-8
The Dark is Rising Susan Cooper Grades 6-7
My Brother Sam is Dead (New) James Lincoln Collier & Christopher Collier Grades 6-8
Summer of My German Soldier Bette Greene Grades 6-8
The Giver Lois Lowry Grades 6-8
Breath Donna Jo Napoli Grades 6-8
A Day of Pleasure: Stories of a Boy Growing Up in Warsaw Isaac Bashevis Singer Grades 6-8
The Pearl John Steinbeck Grades 6-8
The Invisible Thread Yoshiko Uchida Grades 6-8
The Day They Came to Arrest the Book Nat Hentoff Grades 7-10
Call of the Wild Jack London Grades 7-10
The Trumpeter of Krakow [pdf] (full navigator) Eric P. Kelly Grades 7-11
1984 George Orwell Grades 9-12
Henry IV, Part 1 William Shakespeare Grades 9-12
Hamlet William Shakespeare Grades 9-12
Macbeth (New) William Shakespeare Grades 9-12
Midsummer Night's Dream (New) William Shakespeare Grades 9-12
Much Ado About Nothing (New) William Shakespeare Grades 9-12
Romeo & Juliet (New) William Shakespeare Grades 9-12
Twelfth Night William Shakespeare Grades 9-12