Live, recorded, and on-demand Novel Effect webinars

Join Novel Effect webinar host extraordinaire, Kathi Kersznowski, as she hosts in-depth conversations with leading children’s literacy experts like Shannon McClintock Miller, children’s authors like Peter Reynolds, and complementary technology partners like Microsoft Flip.  Novel Effect webinars, free for all attendees, inspire a love of reading and help educators create magical read-alouds in their classrooms.

All Novel Effect webinar viewers will receive a professional development certificate.

Upcoming Live Webinars

Novel Effect and Empatico Webinar

February 15, 2023 | 7pm EST

Share and Discuss Novel Effect Stories Around the World with Empatico

Previously Recorded Novel Effect Webinars

Novel Effect + Wakelet Webinar

Novel Effect + Quizizz = Storytime and Gamified Fun!

Recorded JANUARY 2023 

Like chocolate and peanut butter, there are certain combinations that just go perfectly together. That’s why we’re bringing in some of the sweetest, edtech-savvy, dynamic educators who will share their ideas for new and brilliant ways to sweeten your storytime by using Novel Effect and Wakelet… together!

Novel Effect + Quizizz = Storytime and Gamified Fun!

Recorded DECEMBER 2022 

Novel Effect and Quizizz pair up for a truly interactive and entertaining event! These two dynamic edtech platforms play really nicely together. This webinar will dazzle you with a very special storytime and then everybody plays a Quizizz game together!

Novel Effect Read Aloud Rockstars

Stories & Tips for Making Read-Alouds Extra Magical!

Recorded november 2022 

Ten rockstar educators delight you with their favorite read-aloud book, and then they finish by sharing a quick “impact” story. 

They share tips to make read-alouds especially magical, tell stories of emotional reactions by students, and share extension activities that are brilliant to use with their books!

Behind the Scenes with Josh Funk!

Recorded october 2022 

Josh Funk is a software engineer by day, and a brilliantly talented children’s author by…well, by the rest of the day and night! Josh has written at least 20 children’s books that delight, educate, amuse, and entertain kids (and adults) of all ages.

In this webinar, Josh tells us about his books and how his ideas somehow become storytelling magic when they fly out of his brain and land on pages. Speaking of magic, Josh LOVES using Novel Effect to bring read-alouds to life.


Leslie Fisher Novel Effect Webinar

Tips, Tricks, & Hidden Gems from Leslie Fisher!

Recorded September 2022 

A webinar with Leslie Fisher is guaranteed fun! Laughter, shenanigans, jaw-dropping live demonstrations and unexpected surprises are in store in this one-hour Novel Effect extravaganza! Leslie is renowned for her presentation style – entertaining, welcoming, and always featuring the coolest, most innovative, mind-blowing technology that impresses educators every single time!

Leslie has completely fallen in love with Novel Effect and the magic it brings to read-alouds. Her passion for Novel Effect truly shows as she reads a few stories aloud and lets those soundscapes shine through! Then, in true Leslie style, she shares some of the hidden gems of Novel Effect that many people don’t yet know. 

Creative Ways To Help Children Love Reading!

Recorded August 2022 

Shannon McClintock Miller is quite possibly the world’s most beloved school librarian! Shannon is the face of Future Ready Librarians and has a globally popular blog called The Library Voice. She is a passionate advocate for libraries, educators, books, authors, children, and reading!

In this webinar, Shannon shares creative ways to inspire a love of reading with children. She does a magical read-aloud using the Novel Effect app and talks about some of her favorite tips and ideas to spark joy, awe, and a true love of reading in your classroom, library, or home!

Discover the Magic of Novel Effect in Flipgrid's Discovery Library


Your students probably love a read-aloud, and we’ll bet that they also love making creative videos. Well, now that Novel Effect is a partner in the Microsoft Flip Discovery Library, there are lots of creative ways to combine these two dynamic apps for powerful learning outcomes!

In this webinar, Ann Kozma from team Flip does a magical read-aloud using the Novel Effect app, and then together we explore the wealth of Novel Effect’s activities that are now available in Flip’s Discovery Library.

Storytime Magic with Peter Reynolds, Author of The Dot, and Novel Effect


Join author Peter Reynolds, author and illustrator of The Dot, as he talks about his creative process and tips for doing extraordinary read-alouds during this exclusive Novel Effect webinar.

Peter will read Going Places for which we’ve made a brand-new soundscape! He will read it for all of you – enhanced with integrated music, sound effects, and even his own character voice – all made magical with Novel Effect! And a special surprise guest will join him!

After watching the webinar, learn how to ignite imaginations with Peter and Paul Reynolds.

Make Read-Alouds "Magical" with Our Favorite Literacy App, Novel Effect


Are you a teacher? A librarian? A parent? Do you want your little learners to call you classroom and bedtime read-alouds “magical” and to be on the edge of their seats, hang on your every word, and ask to read more?

Learn from our panel of literacy experts and teachers as they discuss how Novel Effect has transformed read-alouds and created a lifelong love of learning in their children.