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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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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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end of year read-alouds header graphic with text "school's out" on chalkboard

10 Favorite End of Year Read-Alouds

As another school year comes to a close, books can be a great tool for connecting and empathizing with all different kinds of emotions little learners may be feeling. Some children may be looking forward to

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Amber Rountree

Meet a Novel Effect Librarian: Amber Rountree, M.S., Ph.D.

Did you know that Novel Effect has its very own team of literary leaders? Our librarians are responsible for sourcing and selecting stories that are turned into soundscapes. They help curate and organize our growing collection of titles so that teachers, librarians, and parents can easily find and enjoy a magical read aloud with their students and kids.

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Danielle Fritz stands in front of a bookcase smiling at the camera

Meet a Novel Effect Librarian: Danielle Fritz

Did you know that Novel Effect has its very own team of literary leaders? Our librarians are responsible for sourcing and selecting stories that are turned into soundscapes. They help curate and organize our growing collection of titles so that teachers, librarians, and parents can easily find and enjoy a magical read aloud with their students and kids.

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