Novel Effect started with a simple idea in 2015—
Co-founders Matt and Melissa Hammersley listened as a friend read aloud expressively from a children’s book at a baby shower and a lightbulb went off: If anyone could make books that engaging and fun, every kid would fall in love with reading.
We began with picture books, designing a ground-breaking app to complement your voice with interactive music, sounds, and characters voices as you read aloud. Our next chapter expands our ecosystem of interactive content with voice-driven videos and creation tools that grow with our young audience as they begin reading and writing themselves.
Novel Effect is reimagining voice as technology that empowers kids and their grown-ups to tell stories, listen, and have fun together everyday. We believe technology, if designed with purpose, can enhance people’s connections to each other and inspire lasting memories.