Your voice. Your books.
Not the same old storytime.

Music, sound effects, and character voices play at just the right moment, adjusting and responding to your voice as you read your favorite titles together. Promote language development, increase engagement, and make storytime a little more fun for kids (and grown-ups too!)
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Custom Music

Sound Effects



Become a master storyteller

The free, award-winning, Novel Effect app helps you create an interactive, magical atmosphere designed to capture the spirit of each story. With hundreds of popular picture books available, and more added regularly, you’re sure to find the perfect soundscape for your storytime.

Music notes and sound words ("Boom") flow from a phone showing the Novel Effect player screen interface. Behind is an open book spread from The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires.

Sample our soundscapes! 

When using the Novel Effect app, 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.


Use the search bar or browse to find your favorite book.


Tap the cover and then tap play to start the soundscape.


Set your device aside. When you hear the chime, start reading aloud!

List of Novel Effect Press Logos: Today, Forbes, BBC, Variety, Geekwire

An amazing app…You’re onto something big & the potential is enormous!

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Novel Effect is the best thing to happen to storytime! It enhances book reading and captures kids’ imaginations. We ALL love it!

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An example of how technology can be human, and bring a bit of magic to people’s lives.

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This app is incredible! It makes reading even more magical than it already is. Please continue adding more books!

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Titles in Library


Minutes read with the app