The award-winning, free storytime app helps you bring books to life. Perfect for teachers, librarians, parents, kids, and families!

As you read aloud, the app keeps up with your voice and personal reading style at your own pace. Skip pages, read your favorite parts over and over again, or take a break - Novel Effect will respond to you no matter how you read aloud. Enhance hundreds of kids books found in your home or local library for an unforgettable and screen-free storytime.

Our growing in-app library is curated by teachers, librarians, and families. New titles added regularly - classics, bestsellers, seasonal favorites, popular picture books, new releases, hidden gems, and more! Use Novel Effect with favorite kids books at home, in the classroom, or wherever storytime takes you. Discover your next great storytime read aloud here!

To use you'll need a copy of the book you want to read aloud. Free in-app ebooks available in the ebook collections.

SEARCH - Use the search bar or browse collections to discover something new!
START - Tap the cover, then the play button to begin the experience.
READ - Set your device aside, when you hear the start chime read aloud!

Skip pages, read your favorite parts over and over again, or take a break - the app responds to you no matter how you read.

• A library of 200+ compatible books and poems, with new ones added weekly
• Search to find a specific book title, author, or subject you love
• Explore expertly curated collections of books, poetry, and speeches
• Access your recent and favorite books in the new ‘My Library’ feature
• Share what you’re reading with friends and family
• Connect to a Bluetooth speaker or mirror to AppleTV for a more immersive group storytime
• Find ebooks that are available in Apple Books or free within the app

Choose from hundreds of titles covering lots of themes and topics perfect for learning, teaching, and enjoying again and again. No two soundscapes are alike!

Find kid approved favorites like Goodnight Moon, Duck Rabbit, The Cat in the Hat, Giraffes Can’t Dance, Barnyard Dance, Little Blue Truck, Pete the Cat, Where the Wild Things Are, Llama, Llama Red Pajama, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Be Who You Are, Little Shop of Monsters, The Pout Pout Fish, and many more!

Free in-app ebooks and poetry like The Tale of Peter Rabbit, A Marvelous Mexican Misunderstanding, and Robert Louis Stevenson’s, The Cow also included.

Looking for complex skill-building stories that touch on multiculturalism, diversity and life lessons or prefer a fun, silly rhyming read? We have the books you want to read aloud at storytime!

Novel Effect was featured on Shark Tank, The TODAY Show, and in Forbes, Variety, Lifehacker, and more.

"I think this is cool as cool can be… I love it, I love it!" - Lori Greiner, entrepreneur and investor on ABC’s Shark Tank

"Wait until you see Novel Effect work with our book! This is an app you are going to have to download" - John Colaneri, HGTV's The Cousins, co-author of What Can You Do with a Toolbox?

"Novel Effect… may be the key to creating the perfect children's book app." - Adam Rowe, Forbes

“I felt like a real audiobook narrator. My five-year-old tried reading a book on her own… and amazingly, the system picked up her little voice and played the effects at all the right moments.” - Michelle Woo, Lifehacker

A Parents’ Choice and Mom’s Choice app, and a Webby and Cynopsis Award winner for best interactive experience

What’s New

Version 2.0.3

What’s New:
• Now you can share a link to your favorite collections from within the app
• New loading spinners customized to fit the app's theme
• Various UI improvements

Performance Improvements:
• Various performance enhancements and bug fixes

We're always looking to improve. If you have feedback or suggestions send an email to

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
430 Ratings

430 Ratings

melfurs ,

So much fun!

Updated review (March 2019) ... still loving everything about this app and the new updates make it even easier to use. So glad to see you’ve added favorites, we’ve been waiting for that. My daughter loves to use it and it even follows along with her voice as she’s starting to learn to read on her own. Thanks Novel Effect for helping turn her into a book lover just like her parents!

Updated review... this latest version is way better than the old one, and I loved it before. My two year old can even get the music to play when she says the titles of her favorite books. I can’t wait for her to start reading on her own, Using this app keeps her interested in the stories, even the ones that are well above her reading level. Keep up the good work!

This is such a phenomenal idea! My kid loves it, we're having a blast reading together, and are excited to do it more. The music is all really well done too, that dragon in Harold and the purple crayon really does feel terribly frightening. I'm so glad to see my daughter excited for bedtime stories each night. Thanks for this great app!

Developer Response ,

Thanks so much!! Responses like yours are the reason we exist. Happy Reading!!

AmesIrene ,


We are avid readers and have read over 500 different books to our 2 year old, and we are always looking for screen-free options for her and this fits the bill perfectly! Love the sounds and music and so does she! We can’t wait for more books to be released! Also, a way to favorite or save books in one folder would be nice, so we could save the books we own in one area and reference which books are compatible easily. For now, I’m just going to do it the non-tech way and put all of the books that work with this app in a basket together :)

Developer Response ,

Thanks so much AmesIrene! That is so awesome to hear. More books are on the way! Also, we've added a 'Favorites' feature in our newest version. We would love to have you test it out before it is released publicly if you are interested. If so, please shoot us an email at

Oo7slice ,

One of those magical apps

This is one of those apps that brings a little magic into your life. I was introduced to it by a school librarian when I was visiting my son in kindergarten. She let me read a book to the class using Novel Effect and the kids (and I) loved it.

My son now really likes to try to read the books himself in order to get he sound effects going, and hopes that means re books continue being added to the library.

Looking forward to seeing what comes to the app.


Novel Effect Inc
99.7 MB

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2019 Novel Effect Inc


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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