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Making Storytime Magic at Seattle Children’s Hospital

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The Novel Effect team had a great time at Seattle Children’s Hospital yesterday. Joy, Matt, Lucas, and Eric brought some of their favorite books and Novel Effect soundscapes to the Inpatient Playroom.

Together with the kids, we made storytime magic and did some fun crafts and activities with the patients and their families.

Thanks for having us, Seattle Children’s Hospital – we can’t wait to come back!

Novel Effect Goes to Shark Tank!

MARK CUBAN, SARA BLAKELY, KEVIN O'LEARY, LORI GREINER, DAYMOND JOHN, MATT HAMMERSLEY, MELISSA HAMMERSLEY (NOVEL EFFECT)

The entire Novel Effect team is excited to share that we’ll be featured on Season 9 episode 6 of ABC’s Emmy-Award winning show, Shark Tank at 9|8c October 29th. Storytime with Novel Effect is sure to make a splash!

We launched Novel Effect just over two years ago, to help every parent unlock the magic hidden between the pages of a favorite book. This summer, co-founders Matt and Melissa Hammersley had the chance to pitch our family focused, voice interactive reading app to the Sharks, including guest Shark and founder of Spanx, Sara Blakely. Read more

National Book Month

October is National Book Month, and we’re celebrating all month long on Facebook! We’re featuring a different title from our library every day with video previews, demos, and more. Take a look at just two of our awesome videos we’ve shared so far:

 

And here’s the best part – at the end of the month, we’re giving away a book bundle with all the books we feature for National Book Month! So check it out and share away for your chance to win.

Internet Round Up: Pirate Edition

Rrrrrr, Mateys! It’s time for another edition of Internet Round Up on today, the most talk-like-a-pirate of days! Here’s some of our latest and greatest news coverage from around the world, the internet, and the seven seas – and as an added treat at the end, we’ve thrown in some fun pirate-y stuff for you to enjoy! Read more

3 Tips to Survive “Back to School”

Now that Labor Day is behind us, there’s no getting around it. School is back! The change in routines, peers, teachers, and workload can be a daunting task for kid and parent alike. We’ve compiled three tips to help you through the transistion!

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Building the Future

Powered by Techstars

Exciting news! We’ve been selected as one of the nine companies for Amazon’s first Alexa Accelerator, Powered by Techstars. We start this week and will be spending the next three months hard at work.

Here’s what CEO Matt has to say: “We are ecstatic to join forces with Amazon’s Alexa Accelerator and Techstars to scale our unique experience worldwide. It’s a real thrill. The vision of Novel Effect and the Alexa Accelerator is a perfect fit to bring new voice-activated entertainment to a global scale.”

The program culminates on October 17th with a Demo Day, where we will present to investors, mentors, technology leaders and community. It’s a really cool honor to be able to say that we’re Novel Effect, powered by Techstars.