Bring the story to life

The Novel Effect app follows along with interactive music and sound effects, creating magical moments when you read aloud with a child.

today show logo
bbc logo
Shark Tank logo
variety logo
common sense media logo

The Novel Effect app follows along with interactive music and sound effects, creating magical moments when you read aloud with a child.

Make story time magical

The award-winning Novel Effect app offers a library of interactive music and sound effects to enrich your regular storytime routine. When you read aloud from real books, Novel Effect responds at the right moment.
Novel Effect app and The Most Magnificent Thing Book

“…turns reading time into a magical experience. A must have for every parent."

5 Star App Store Review


App Store Review

"This is an app you are going to have to download!"

5 Star App Store Review
today show logo

"In a world where a teacher must compete with video games... this app is a game changer."

5 Star App Store Review


App Store Review

Expertly curated and crafted

Each book in our growing library is hand-picked by experts to meet the needs of diverse learners at every stage. Then, composers craft the immersive and interactive read aloud to delight kids and grown-ups, alike.


step 1

Choose your story

Bring your own print book or choose an ebook from our library.

step 2

Read aloud

To begin, press play. When you hear the chime, read aloud.

step 3

Bring the story to life

Interactive music and sound effects respond to your voice like magic!

Storyteller Tip: Connect your device and your Novel Effect app to a bluetooth speaker for the most immersive read aloud. Learn more.

Novel Effect app home screen


Imaginations, unbound

The jungle dances, dragons roar, and sleepy heads drift off to sleepy lands. With Novel Effect the giggles are guaranteed.

Kids of all ages agree they have more fun with Novel Effect at story time.

mom son laugh read book
teacher read aloud students classroom


Read alouds, reimagined

As you read books in the classroom with Novel Effect, little learners will be on the edge of their seats, hanging on your every word.

Teachers and librarians agree that Novel Effect gets students asking to read more.


Readers, to leaders

Reading introduces children to new worlds, teaches important skills like imagination and empathy, and improves memory.

Parents agree that Novel Effect engages and delights little ones and inspires them to a lifelong love of reading.

mom daughter happy read book

Novel Effect by the book

When using Novel Effect, parents, educators, and kids report…


say books are more engaging


are more confident reading


want to read more often

*Based on survey data from general Novel Effect subscribers

Pick the plan that's right for you



Get started with a subscription for yourself or to gift to a friend.


Enjoy educator pricing when you subscribe through our website.


We have plans to fit classrooms, schools, and districts of all sizes.


AASL Best Apps for Teaching
cynopsis imagination award
award_notable childrens digital media
Parents choice Silver Honor
moms choice award

Let's read aloud!

To start, download the free mobile app on the App Store or Google Play and enjoy 5 read alouds each month, no subscription required.


We believe in the power of a well told story

Join the thousands of other parents and educators who receive tips and tricks on how to get the most out of Novel Effect and resources to increase your child’s love of reading.