Novel Effect: Read Aloud Books

Novel Effect: Read Aloud Books

By Novel Effect Inc

  • Category: Book
  • Release Date: 2016-09-03
  • Current Version: 3.1.6
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 135.19 MB
  • Developer: Novel Effect Inc
  • Compatibility: iOS 11.2+
Score: 4.88
From 3,366 Ratings


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 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! PREMIUM 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. PREMIUM CLASSROOM 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 or to learn more. KEY FEATURES • 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


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This app is so incredibly versatile. Early readers seem to be more focused reading, as the app provides moments of reward in the form of sound effects. The children thoroughly enjoy story time when I use this app and so do I!
By EnterAnother&TryAgain

Was nice

This was nice for teachers when it was free. I don’t know a teacher that has $99 to spare on an app to add sound effects to their read alouds. Should have stayed free for teachers.
By CupcakeJenny1

Best app for teachers!!

I love this app so much!! My kids really love the music and sounds that go along with the books and stories!! Adds so much to my classroom.
By teachinwithglitter

Sound issues

I love this app but the volume from my phone is not good at all. I don’t have any other issues with sound using my phone except with this app. I’ve tried going into the app settings and adjusting audio boost all the way up but it is still to faint to hear sounds over my voice reading. If I use a Bluetooth speaker then there is too much of a lag in the sounds and I will have to pause constantly while reading for the sound to catch up. Any suggestions for a fix to this? I would really prefer for the sound to be better coming through my phone.
By sandraleelee

Librarian Love

My K-5 kids love novel effect stories I read to them. They are still trying to figure out how it works. They get to experience literature at a deeper level with the soundscapes, which adds mood to the story. They are absolutely pin drop quiet during these times and I get to ham up the characters. P.S. I’m not a bit embarrassed doing these productions for them! It’s a miracle these days getting 25-30 kids at a time engaged in a great story!
By Storczon1

Too Expensive

I love using this app, but I can’t afford it on my aide salary. The students in my library really enjoyed it, if it was at least half the price I’d pay for it.
By JLWheat

The cherry on top

An amazing app that makes reading that much better! My toddler loves it, I love it and the husband loves it. It’s truly a family app. As educators I can also say students look through the app to check-put library books they find here!
By Lalis888

Sound has gone downhill!

I have had this app for a long time- I use it to read my child’s favorite book for bedtime. Over the course of a few months, the sound is now a third the volume it once was and now all the pages play stacked on top of each other. I will have to stop subscribing if this bug persists.
By One Sad Dad and a Sadder Son


Wow what a cool app for teachers and librarians!! I love it.
By katiesjfc


This app has some great stories and we loved it! More glitches now and with fewer “listens” per month for the free account, it is frustrating because restarting a book is considered another listen. Love the idea and bringing the joy to reading. Would like more listens or for the glitches to be fixed in the free account.
By Chapstickqueen

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