Novel Effect: Read Aloud Books

Novel Effect: Read Aloud Books

  • Category: Book
  • Release Date:
  • Current Version: 2.0.4
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • Developer: Novel Effect Inc
  • Compatibility: Android
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Novel Effect: Read Aloud Books App

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! 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! HOW IT WORKS 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. KEY FEATURES • 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, favorite, and downloaded books in the ‘My Library’ tab • Connect to a Bluetooth speaker or mirror to AppleTV for a more immersive group story time • Find ebooks that are available in Apple Books or free within the app OUR LIBRARY Find baby, toddler, and children’s favorites like Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, The Cat in the Hat, The Most Magnificent Thing, Click Clack Moo Cows that Type, Giraffes Can’t Dance, Barnyard Dance, The Day the Crayons Quit, Little Blue Truck, Llama Llama Red Pajama, 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 are also included. Carefully crafted collections are updated regularly to help you find books for all ages, grade levels, topics and occasions - such as seasonal favorites, multiculturalism, life events, hobbies, and more. IN THE NEWS 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? “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 checkout books that he can read along with the app." - Julie Smith, The Techie Teacher® Novel Effect is a Parents’ Choice and Mom’s Choice app, and a Webby and Cynopsis Award winner for best interactive experience. Download for free and become an epic storyteller!

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Novel Effect: Read Aloud Books app reviews

  • Makes bedtime reading more fun 5/5

    By bed time begging
    My kids love the app! They asked for more! Love it!
  • This is cool 5/5

    By ZoeZoe2017
    My son really enjoys it. It makes reading more fun.
  • Amazing!! We love it so much!! Thanks for being FREE!!! 5/5

    By Mama Rice K
    Great Job! Amazing!! We love this App!! We already loved to read, but wow! This adds so much to our read aloud time! As a parent and as a teacher I whole heartily endorse this app!!
  • Wow 5/5

    By robomdun
    Amazing app! I can’t wait to read books aloud for my students with this!
  • Great for teaching 5/5

    By boysmom3
    This is an awesome app to add to your reading!! My students love it and so does my son when I read to him at home!! I just wish it also worked with Spanish books.
  • How 3/5

    By Khloebellem
    I don’t know how to turn the pages it does not tell me how so I don’t know how to use it
  • Add some pizzazz to your reading 5/5

    By SMgrits
    Teachers will love this app! It even has some older student selections.
  • Amazing! 5/5

    By pj_party_tinx
    Novel Effect has kicked our reading time up ten notches!!!! My boys love hearing the sound effects while I read to them! We have a lot more fun at bedtime!!!
  • Great story enhancer 5/5

    By Kmsks
    I love to use this app with my kids and my students. Love it so much!
  • The new version is great! 5/5

    By Eric Goetz
    I've been in love with Novel Effect for over two years now. I'm loving the new update. In addition to the great new look, the speech recognition is much more reliable, and there are a bunch of great new books available.
  • So much fun! 5/5

    By melfurs
    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!
  • My favorite app! 5/5

    By carmicrowe
    Wow! Amazing update. Great new look, a bunch offing new titles, and best of all, I can save my favorite books!
  • Cool new look! 5/5

    By Pat_Thrnr
    Love how easy this app is to use. And the sound effects play even more seamlessly in this new version! #gamechanger
  • Wow 1/5

    By elviswoody
    I downloaded this app and tried to create an account with my email and it kept saying my password doesn’t match although I’ve never been on the app before. So I tried logging in with Facebook and it gave a very long error message. I just deleted the app. I really was wishing this worked for my grandkids.
  • Maybe more 4/5

    By Alie66
    I was so excited about the idea of this book. It has really been great to see the kids getting into the stories and listening so closely for the sound effects. I was hoping for a little more interaction and sound effects within the stories! Ringing phones, walking shoes, talking etc. But over all I think it’s a fantastic an interactive idea for children.
  • Amazing! 5/5

    By 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 :)
  • We loved it at first 3/5

    By Houdiniafams
    My son is 2 years old and visually impaired. When I found this app, I was so excited that I could bring books “to life” for him since he can’t get the enjoyment out of the pages. The first couple of times using it was wonderful, but for the last couple weeks, when I open the app, it crashes within 10 seconds. I’ve tried deleting and redownloading and nothing works! Hoping you guys resolve this issue because this is such an amazing opportunity to give a little bit of inclusion to special needs kiddos.
  • Simply Magical 5/5

    By bgc78
    I am just amazed how this app turns out reading time to such a magical experience. A must have app for every parent who’d like to transform story times with their little ones into wonderful experiences.
  • Absolutely amazing! 5/5

    By iiGamer
    This definitely enhances the reading experience! A must have for parents! I highly recommend this!
  • Needs Android support 1/5

    By 2 in Lview
    Will give five stars when android support is added. Your app is a game changer when it comes to story time, huge book selection. You have 80% of the books on our daughters shelf. Sad that Dad is missing out on an enhanced story time unless Mom is home with her phone.
  • Doesn’t work 1/5

    By Moo5eRider
    Update: Still completely broken on iPhone X. Daughter requested to use this app before bedtime. Opened it. Formatted beautifully for iPhone X. 2 problems you can’t select any books and search does not work. Crashes every time on my iPhone X. Worked fine on my 7.
  • Bringing stories to life! 5/5

    By Mizmellymac
    We ADORE this app! I can’t wait to see what titles they bring to life!
  • One of those magical apps 5/5

    By Oo7slice
    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.
  • Teacher Approved 5/5

    By koki5
    This app is amazing! I work as a Special Education/Resource Room teacher for 2nd and 3rd grade and this app helps bring books to life and encourage my students to read and get interested in books. I also use this app to read with my 4 year old nephew. He already loved the book “Drummer Hoff”, but now with the app he gets even more excited to read it.
  • First review ever... 5/5

    By Grikes
    Bedtime has been a horrible experience for my daughter - we saw this app on Shark Tank - forgot about it, then remembered it again. And thank goodness! She LOVES it and has never been so excited for story time before bed. This has been a real blessing, to see her love books like this (and to see her sleep!)
  • Really fun, unique and powerful. I love the sounds !!! 5/5

    By Jamie Hunsdale
    This App is amazing. I love that it brings sound to the world of reading. The fact that you can just turn it on and set it aside while you read is so unique and not just another reason for kids to stare at a screen. I work with audio everyday and the quality of the sounds and music that Novel Effect uses is excellent. I have already shared the app with other friends that have kids or nieces and nephews like myself. They are loving it.
  • Outstanding! 5/5

    By SportySinger12
    A brilliant idea, well executed. My cat loves it.
  • Fun with story time, not screen time! 5/5

    By Dr. Tae
    It was AMAZINGLY fun to hear music and sound effects as we were reading. Definitely making this part of our story time!
  • Storytelling transformed! 5/5

    By robertbevandalton
    The act of settling in to tell your child a story has remained essentially unchanged since books were invented. Until now. "Novel Effect" is a paradigm shift in storytelling, and every parent should embrace this remarkable, immersive tool for bringing the stories you love to life. Simply amazing!
  • A wonderful idea and implementation 5/5

    By sticky icky tembo
    This app adds another dimension to storytelling, which is as fun for me the reader as it is for my little one. The sounds seem high quality and the timing perfect. I’d rather buy than subscribe when this comes out of beta.
  • We love this 5/5

    By Ryan Lane
    This is our new favorite way to enjoy story time. The music and sound effects are so much fun!
  • Getting better!!! 4/5

    By Jenna Laird
    When I downloaded this app it night they were on shark tank and at that time I was disappointed but they have updated the app at least twice since then and it gets better every time with added sounds and better voice recognition! I will keep using it because my child stays engaged in the books with novel effect and they are improving all the time it seems! Way to go!!!
  • So. Much. Fun. 5/5

    By Liz721
    I just saw this on Shark Tank and downloaded the app immediately. Such an amazing idea! When I first showed my kids (9 & 7 year old boys, and 3 year old little girl) they all cuddled around me for 3-4 books! So much fun! I am also a preschool teacher, and we used this in our classroom today and kids were in awe! Our three year old room were all so entranced into our stories, just precious! It was a little buggy, sometimes it would start and I would have to re-do but I know all the little kinks will be worked out. So impressed!!! Going to the library soon to get a ton of the books listed that we don’t have. Love love love. 💙
  • Makes my kids WANT to read! 5/5

    By mercerislandmom
    I can’t thank you enough! I usually have to beg my kids to read books. With this app, they now beg me! My 3 year is even trying to learn to read the words herself so that she can trigger the sounds. This makes my kids want to read!!
  • Not ready 2/5

    By Watchout724631
    Started out great-downloaded it and started reading, the effects gave the story depth and got her attention. Then I paused it. No matter what I tried the sound effects were gone. Very disappointing, glad I hadn’t put money into it yet because up-to that point I was ready to buy all her favorite titles for story time.
  • Love it 5/5

    By amycreatesstuff
    This is a fantastic way to keep hyper little ones engaged through story. My nephew and I love reading books together.
  • Bravo 5/5

    By Jo-9990
    Novel Effect has created an app which will clearly bring delight to children. Each book has music and sound effects, which were well thought out and suited to the themes of each title. There were times when I thought some books could use a few more sound effects. Overall, bravo to an amazing app.
  • Too Much Fun 5/5

    By peacetaker
    My son loves having books read to him with Novel Effect. We’ve integrated it into our evening routine and even keep it going on vacations. I can’t wait for him to be able to read the books themselves.
  • Love the idea! 3/5

    By Mandyyyyy!
    I’m excited to see where this goes. My kids love the books so far. I would like to hear more sound effects and better voice recognition I have to speak a little loud. Like I said excited!!! Love the concept I can see where teachers would love this.
  • Good app. Getting worse over time. 1/5

    By Juggy007
    So I really love the concept. The first few books I tried worked great. But after the most recent update, the sound effects for several books are no longer play. For example, there was no pool splash at the end of Click Clack Moo. The team really needs to stress test the app to ensure that multiple reading of a book works consistently each time. I even tried removing and reinstalling the app, but still the same issue 😩. Please investigate and issue a fix asap! My kid loves the sound effects and I love reading to him! ***Update (12/1): After the recent update, the books started to work again. However, they again stopped working after 2-3 uses. Not sure why as nothing changed on my phone. DEVELOPERS - I'm not sure how else to ask you, but please stress test your app!!! ***Update (12/15): The app has pretty much stopped working over time. While the music and sound effects start, they promptly stop after a few minutes. Pretty sad and terrible performance!!! Do not bother with this app because you will forever be frustrated! I have 5 different books and NONE of them work consistently! I am using an iPhone 6 with iOS 10.3.3. I have tried with just the iPhone and with a Jambox external speaker via Bluetooth. Just total crap now. Not sure how else to say it. So disappointed. I would give 0 stars if I could.
  • Fun sound effects when it works 4/5

    By Waylon rlz
    I tried Novel Effects for the first time with a student. I initially read Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and we had fun sound effects at certain points in the story. Then my student read Kitten’s First Full Moon and we didn’t hear a thing. Finally, we read Ferdinand together, taking turns, and it worked well. We’ll try a few more titles to see if there is some consistency or not.
  • My kids love it! 5/5

    By MMonde
    My boys 7 and 4 love the app. I just go to the library and find books on the app. Thank you!
  • Love this app! 5/5

    By GudMusicFan
    This is so much fun! I love how the app responds to my voice- it is crazy cool. I have read many stories and love everyone of them. Thank you for making Storytime amazing!
  • Great with a newer phone 5/5

    By Momma Crossword
    The App Store review should warn that this app only works with iPhone versions 8.0 and higher. Now that I have a new phone, it works great. Just as awesome as it looked on Shark Tank and with a big selection of children’s books.
  • I want to love this 3/5

    By Ashley62783
    Only the music plays even when connected to a Bluetooth speaker. As a mom of two and a Pre-K teacher, I would use this daily if it worked better. Hopefully it will get better with updates.
  • Imagination Rocketfuel 5/5

    By BCD_19
    Works really well with my external speaker! The sound effects keep my cousin more engaged and interested in story time
  • Did not work 1/5

    By Ivaniman
    I tried about 4 dofferent books and was never able to move on from the initial soundtrack
  • Horrible! 1/5

    By E3mendez
    They didn't work.
  • Limited Sounds 2/5

    By tidefan12
    I love the concept, but the execution was poor. Only one or two sounds played for the entire story. It became monotonous and annoying instead of unique and engaging. I gave two stars because I ultimately deleted the app within thirty minutes of downloading and trying different stories. If this is just a glitch, please fix it. As a mom and educator I love the concept.

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