Novel Effect Blog

for grown-ups who read with kids

Welcome to the Novel Effect Blog. We’re happy you’re here! Bookmark this page to make sure you’re always in-the-know about all things Novel Effect. Our team of expert educators and professional soundscape musicians brings you insights into new soundscape releases, exclusive read-aloud challenges, and interviews with popular authors. Find suggested themed book collections about sharks, space, and other topics to help keep your little learners engaged and excited about reading!

Did you know that Novel Effect also has a library of free book-specific printable activities?  Check out our book activities and learning resources page to download PDFs to use at home or in the classroom. 

11 Read-Alouds for Difficult Times

Books can be a wonderful tool to use with children who have experienced difficult times such as trauma or loss. Reading, being read to, and talking with adults they love can help them understand and cope

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Novel Effect Read Aloud Adventures Challenge graphic with mountains and Novel Effect logo and Rug-Ed logo

Read Aloud Adventures Challenge

May 22 through June 4, every time you read a book from the “Read Aloud Adventures Challenge” with your Novel Effect app, you’ll be entered to win a Novel Effect x Rug-Ed Prize Pack!

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Soundscape Baseball Saved Us book cover and Novel Effect app on iPhone

Inside the Soundscape: Baseball Saved Us

Learn about the process Novel Effect soundscape designers Ian Silver and Matt Boerner used to create the emotional and immersive music, sound effects, and character voices that make up the soundscape for Ken Mochizuki’s “Baseball Saved Us.”

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