Novel Effect: Read Aloud Books

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Check out our latest addition: Spanish books!

Novel Effect is a free, award-winning app that brings your books to life with music, sound effects, and character voices — custom-made to celebrate the tone of each story.

As you read aloud, Novel Effect follows the sound of your voice and responds at just the right moment. Skip pages, pause to talk about the illustrations, or re-read your favorite parts and the app will keep up with you wherever you are in the book. Add an interactive, screen-free dimension to hundreds of kids books you know and love. Perfect for bedtime, in the classroom and library, or wherever story time takes you!

Check out the videos tab to try all new voice-driven interactive videos! Take your time and have fun - when you see speech bubbles on-screen read them out loud. Play along with the characters, choose-your-own-adventure, and let your voice bring the video to life.

Our growing in-app library is curated for teachers, librarians, kids and families. New titles are added regularly - including classics, bestsellers, new releases, hidden gems, and more. Discover your next great story time read aloud here!

You'll need your own copy of the book you want to read out loud. Some free in-app ebooks are available in the ebook collections.

FIND - Use the search bar or browse the home screen to find your books.
PLAY - Tap the cover and then tap play to start the soundscape.
READ - Set your device aside. When you hear the chime, start reading aloud!

Each soundscape is thoughtfully and professionally designed to capture the spirit and themes of each story. Foster a love of books, promote language development, and increase engagement just by reading aloud as you normally would with Novel Effect in the background. Add a little magic to storytime and bring the focus back to books and moments we spend together.

• A library of 300+ compatible books and poems, with new ones added weekly
• 30 Spanish books!
• Search to find a specific book title, author, or subject you love
• Explore expertly curated collections of books, poetry, and speeches
• Access your recent, favorite, and downloaded books in the ‘My Library’ tab
• Connect to a Bluetooth speaker for a more immersive group story time
• Find ebooks that are available free within the app

Find hundreds of family and classroom favorites covering themes and topics perfect for learning, teaching, and enjoying again and again. Free in-app ebooks and poetry are also included.

Carefully crafted collections are updated regularly to help you find books for all ages, grade levels, topics and occasions 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.

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

• Performance improvements and bug fixes

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

March 30, 2021
Current Version
Requires Android
6.0 and up
Content Rating
In-app Products
$0.99 - $99.99 per item
Offered By
Novel Effect Inc.
2540 Westlake Ave N. Suite A Seattle, WA 98109
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