Novel Effect: Read Aloud Books by Novel Effect Inc (Universal)
Released: Sep 3, 2016
Version: 2.2.1
Size: 122 MB
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Novel Effect: Read Aloud Books

Novel Effect Inc
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. With over 250 titles in English and 30 in Spanish to choose from, 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 captures 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 story time and bring the focus back to books and moments you spend together.


• A library of 250+ compatible books and poems (English and Spanish), 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

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.

*also available in Spanish

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.

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 check out books that he can read along with the app." - Julie Smith, The Techie Teacher®

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!

What's new in version 2.2.1
- Updated the Ebook reader to fix bugs where the pages weren't displaying properly
- Fixed a bug where certain audio files didn't stop playing at the right time

We're always looking to improve. If you have feedback or suggestions send an email to
Screenshot #1 (iPhone)
Our verdict: Great!
  • + Novel Effect: Read Aloud Books is a highly rated app (5-star).
  • + The app is free.
  • + Novel Effect: Read Aloud Books is currently ranked #125 in free Books apps for iPhone, as well as #74 in free Books apps for iPad.
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