Welcome to Novel Effect — an award-winning app that follows your voice as you read out loud from kids story books and responds at just the right moment with music, sounds, and character voices. Bring the story to life, promote literacy, imagination, and fun for kids 12 & under!
There are 3 versions of the Novel Effect service, all accessible through this app. New books are added weekly — including classics, bestsellers, hidden gems, and more.
Free Novel Effect offers hundreds of soundscapes for a growing library of children’s story books curated for teachers, librarians, kids and families. Enjoy limited access to soundscapes for free when you bring your own copy of the print book or ebook!
For families, Novel Effect Premium offers unlimited access to a growing digital library of kid friendly content. Enjoy soundscapes for popular story books when you bring your own copy, or read aloud from hundreds of in-app books, including non-fiction and early reader chapter books, as well as exclusive members-only content.
For educators, Novel Effect Premium Classroom offers unlimited access to Premium features and content for one teacher and up to 30 students in a safe and secure environment. Overwhelmingly, educators say reading with Novel Effect is more engaging, creating motivated, confident, and empowered readers.
Download for free and become an epic storyteller! Start your free trial today to access hundreds of in-app story books and save with an annual subscription.
HOW IT WORKS
Novel Effect’s service follows along as you read out loud, playing music, sounds, and character voices in response to your voice. Our library includes a wide variety of high-quality soundscapes for carefully selected kids story books to engage and promote imagination and learning, updated weekly with new titles! Hundreds of titles are available as in-app books, some titles may require you to read aloud from your own copy.
FIND - Use search or browse our collections to find the book you want to read out loud.
PLAY - Tap the cover and then choose how you’ll be reading — with print or an ebook.
READ - When you hear the chime, start reading aloud!
LISTEN - Hear the music and sounds respond to your voice and change with the story.
Add a little magic to story time with Novel Effect.
PRESS AND EXPERT REVIEWS
Novel Effect was featured on Shark Tank, The TODAY Show, and in Forbes, Variety, Lifehacker, and more.
“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
"Not only did this tool help make poetry come alive for [my student], he asked me if he could try reading... I about fell out of my chair because he never wants to read aloud... and he has asked to go to the library to check out books that he can read along with the app." - Julie Smith, The Techie Teacher®
"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 and author
"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
SAFETY, PRIVACY, AND SUPPORT
- Novel Effect requires access to the device's microphone to perform voice-recognition.
- The privacy of kids and their grown-ups is our top priority. Voice-recognition is performed on your device, no voice data is saved without express consent.
- Please go to http://www.noveleffect.com/privacy-policy or www.noveleffect.com/classroom-privacy-policy to learn more.
• Hundreds of books with more added weekly
• Also includes Spanish books
• Online and offline reading
• A reading log tracks books you’ve read with the app
• Access Novel Effect’s digital library and soundscapes on almost any device
Terms of Service
• Performance improvements and bug fixes
We're always looking to improve. If you have feedback or suggestions send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ratings and ReviewsSee All
Whole family loves this app
My kids are grown and I read books to my granddaughter with this app. They over heard me reading and sat around to hear the sound effects with their niece. Novel Effect brings a whole new joy to reading and draws new readers into the stories. The ability to pause and discuss the page just read is great for allowing the child to put their input into the story and to participate. We’ve even stopped to talk about the sounds and how they go with what was just read. My granddaughter likes to imitate the sounds heard when read a story again and again. I’ve even been to my local library with the app to get books that can be read with the app. Giving a child the physical book that I can add sounds to makes me the best magical Meemaw around! Thank you!
I found out about this app one Sunday morning on a news show. So glad I didn’t sleep in! Please keep the amount of books coming and I can’t wait to try the new update.
I really don’t have the words for how phenomenal this app is. I am a huge fan of the read along vinyl/storybook sets of the seventies and eighties—I had a massive collection and spent hours listening to them as a kid. This is the only modern experience I’ve found that lets me replicate the feeling for my child. They’ve included so many truly GOOD kids’ books, and clearly have put a lot of passion and talent into creating these background effects. I already own a dozen of the books featured and now I will be collecting most of the rest. I will support this app with all my heart, I hope it continues to grow and becomes HUGELY successful. Thank you thank you to the brilliant minds making this possible!!!
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 email@example.com
Data Linked to You
The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:
- Contact Info
- Usage Data
Data Not Linked to You
The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:
- Search History
Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More
- Novel Effect Inc
- 138.9 MB
- Requires iOS 11.2 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 11.2 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 11.2 or later.
- Requires macOS 11 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
- © 2021 Novel Effect Inc
- In-App Purchases
- Monthly Premium Access $7.99
- Annual Premium Access $59.99
- Annual Classroom Access $99.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.