Novel Effect- A novel way to enhance picture books

I first saw the Novel Effect app on Shark Tank (which is one of my favorite shows). I love seeing Edtech companies promoting on the show and they usually do really well. The thing that caught my eye was how user friendly and accessible the technology was for using in a classroom.

Novel Effect is an iOS application that is designed to enhance your picture book read aloud experience. The app captures your spoken voice and adds sound effects and ambient music as the story progresses. The UI is incredibly easy to use.

  • choose book from the Novel Effect library
  • Click Read Book on the app
  • Read the book aloud to your students or yourself. It’s that simple

The Novel Effect app uses the iPhone’s microphone to capture the reader’s voice and adds engaging sound effects and music from keywords in the story as you read. I really like to stream my phone to a classroom Bluetooth speaker and play the Novel Effects while I read.

My favorite books so far that I have read with Novel Effect has been If You Give A Moose a Muffin and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Nothing like a moose munching on a muffin make a book come alive.

If you haven’t checked it, you can download it here. Novel Effect iOS App

Novel Effect is also launching a subscription book box service that sends a box of picture books that are Novel Effect enabled. Check it out.


Author: Shawn Reed

I am a 2nd grade teacher who has a passion for sharing amazing advances in education through technology, innovation, pedagogy, and design/growth mindset thinking.

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