Novel Effect: Read Aloud Books

Novel Effect: Read Aloud Books

By Novel Effect Inc

  • Category: Book
  • Release Date: 2016-09-03
  • Current Version: 3.6.2
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 192.20 MB
  • Developer: Novel Effect Inc
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 12.0 or later.
Score: 4.89156
From 7,110 Ratings


Welcome to Novel Effect — an award-winning app that follows your voice as you read out loud from a children’s story book and responds at just the right moment with interactive music, sound effects, and character voices. Bring the story to life, promote literacy, imagination, and fun for kids 12 & under! In the classroom or at home, see why parents and teachers alike say Novel Effect “…turns reading time into a magical experience." - App Store Review. There are 3 versions of the Novel Effect service accessible through the app. New books are added weekly. FREE Free Novel Effect offers hundreds of soundscapes for a library of children’s 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 and individual educators, Novel Effect Premium offers unlimited access to a library of kid friendly content. Enjoy soundscapes for popular children’s books when you bring your own copy of the book, or read aloud from hundreds of in-app eBooks, including non-fiction and early reader chapter books, as well as exclusive members-only content. 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. HOW IT WORKS Novel Effect’s service follows along as you read out loud, playing interactive music, sound effects, and character voices in response to your voice. Our library includes a wide variety of high-quality soundscapes for carefully selected family friendly books to engage and promote imagination and learning, updated weekly with new titles! Hundreds of titles are available as in-app eBooks, 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® "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



  • Adding a star, still needs Apple family share

    By SyntaxGuru
    Changing my prior review from 2 to 3 stars as they do have a way of sharing in a family, which entails sharing username and password for a premium account across up to three devices. As someone who works as an architect in the AI cyber security world, this is cringeworthy practice and opens up risk if not also using a family share password manager that links accounts. It’s 2024, not 2014, Apple’s family share should be the option implemented.
  • My Kinders love it!

    By Kinder Energy
    I love this app! My kids are so engaged now when we read the stories. I teach Kindergarten and they are just tickled by all the sound effects.
  • Need to up date books. We pay monthly and no current books are being added

    By Sooooo goood!!!!!!
    Add current books
  • Decent but gets stuck and doesn’t follow along sometimes

    By Jake020123
    Over and over again the progress meter will show that it’s following along with me as I read but the sounds aren’t following along and I have to exit out and restart. Usually after that it will pick up where I left off and be fine but other times it will get stuck again and I just decide to read the book without it.
  • But less books on lock

    Many books have lock on them and I’m not gonna pay 35 a year thats rhetorical you can do better novel effect
  • Magical Reading

    By Erdfyuhnkouyreadv
    I love this app! We were lucky to get this purchased for our whole school and I use it in the daily! Hopefully more books will be added over the years
  • Not as many titles as I had hoped for

    By BP teaches
    Although it works really well and I enjoy it. The majority of the books I search for when reading to my class are not available. It is fantastic when it is available.
  • Awesome!!!

    By Teaching All Day
    I am l loving this app! I keep reading books over and over and over again! My students absolutely love this app. I am reading books all the time in class. They would much rather hear me read a book than to have free time playing games!
  • Pure magic

    By middleschoolmadsci
    As an educator and a mom I adore this app. The sound effects and scores are perfect. The awe and wonder on the children’s faces is simply indescribable!
  • Students love it

    By chmwgfn1993
    My students love when I use this app during our read alouds! They always ask if the books we read are “page activated” because they are obsessed with the soundscapes. There are some great titles and I have even discovered more great books due the app. The app is always adding titles but I wish there were more available sometimes (but that just means it’s a treat when there are sound effects to the stories I read to my class!) I would suggest pairing a Bluetooth speaker with it if you are using it in a classroom. Overall, it’s a great app for teachers to keep kids engaged and for parents who may be looking for a little extra something for stories.