Novel Effect brings popular kid’s books to life by playing sound effects, music & character’s voices as you read out loud.

Novel Effect works when you read aloud from the corresponding book using voice recognition.

All of Novel Effect's audio soundscapes are available for free if you already own or have access to the print book. Soundscapes can also run in the background with iBooks purchases or free previews, or eBooks purchased through your favorite eReader.

Simply select the physical or ebook and read out loud.

It’s easy! With traditional print books:
1. Grab a book
2. Select that book in the app and tap 'Read Book'
3. Set your device aside (runs with screen turned off)
4. Read aloud to automatically trigger theme music & sound effects

With eBooks:
1. Select the book in the app
2. Select 'Read Book'
3. Select 'Open in iBooks'*
4. Read aloud to automatically trigger theme music & sound effects
*Want to use a different eReader? After selecting 'Read Book' you can exit Novel Effect (it runs in the background) & open the same book in your favorite eReader

- Play via Bluetooth audio streaming, screen mirroring to AppleTV, or auxiliary cord for best audio quality and experience
- Exclusive professional music & sound effects (think movies and video games)
- Jump around & we follow along (we won’t hold it against you if you skip a page or two. The kids will never know.)
- Absolutely no 3rd party advertising

(NEW titles for 12 and under added weekly! Great for CLASSROOM, PRESCHOOL and DAYCARE.)
- Where the Wild Things Are
- Pete the Cat
- Rosie Revere, Engineer
- The Tale of Peter Rabbit (free eBook included)
- Harold and the Purple Crayon
- Goodnight Moon
- The Pout Pout Fish
- Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site
- Little Blue Truck
- The Cat in the Hat
- The Day the Crayons Quit


A BIG thanks for those of you giving us 5 stars! Your support pushes us to make storytime even more magical. If you have any ideas on how we can make your experience better, including book recommendations, please email us at

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What’s New

Version 1.70.2

Bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
61 Ratings
61 Ratings
melfurs ,

So much fun!

Updated review... this latest version is way better than the old one, and I loved it before. My two year old can even get the music to play when she says the titles of her favorite books. I can’t wait for her to start reading on her own, Using this app keeps her interested in the stories, even the ones that are well above her reading level. Keep up the good work!

This is such a phenomenal idea! My kid loves it, we're having a blast reading together, and are excited to do it more. The music is all really well done too, that dragon in Harold and the purple crayon really does feel terribly frightening. I'm so glad to see my daughter excited for bedtime stories each night. Thanks for this great app!

Developer Response ,

Thanks so much!! Responses like yours are the reason we exist. Happy Reading!!

AmesIrene ,


We are avid readers and have read over 500 different books to our 2 year old, and we are always looking for screen-free options for her and this fits the bill perfectly! Love the sounds and music and so does she! We can’t wait for more books to be released! Also, a way to favorite or save books in one folder would be nice, so we could save the books we own in one area and reference which books are compatible easily. For now, I’m just going to do it the non-tech way and put all of the books that work with this app in a basket together :)

Developer Response ,

Thanks so much AmesIrene! That is so awesome to hear. More books are on the way! Also, we've added a 'Favorites' feature in our newest version. We would love to have you test it out before it is released publicly if you are interested. If so, please shoot us an email at

Oo7slice ,

One of those magical apps

This is one of those apps that brings a little magic into your life. I was introduced to it by a school librarian when I was visiting my son in kindergarten. She let me read a book to the class using Novel Effect and the kids (and I) loved it.

My son now really likes to try to read the books himself in order to get he sound effects going, and hopes that means re books continue being added to the library.

Looking forward to seeing what comes to the app.


Novel Effect Inc
189.8 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2017 Novel Effect Inc


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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