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National Techies Day

At Novel Effect, we're celebrating National Techies Day by talking to some of our Techies - these awesome people we get to work with daily to create magic - and asked them why they opted for a career in technology.

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Blast Off to Storytime!

Your little space explorers are in for a wonderful treat. Novel Effect is pleased to announce the release of our first title from our new partner, Gibbs Smith. 3-2-1 Blast-off!: A Journey to our Solar System introduces space travel to children in an engaging way with fun facts, wonderful illustrations, AND interactive flaps to lift!

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Reading this new release from Gibbs Smith with Novel Effect adds an extra level of engagement. You and your little ones will get to hear real astronaut sounds, interstellar music, and all the best robot noises you can imagine!

After reading the book with Novel Effect, you can keep the conversation going to really reinforce all the educational benefits! Here are some discussion questions to help you get started:

  1. One of the elements of space travel is cooperation. What are some ways people work together to get a big job accomplished?
  2. How does the astronaut communicate with people on the ground? What are their main jobs?
  3. How does the astronaut describe the moon? How do you describe the moon?
  4. Do you remember some of the other planets mentioned? What were they like?
  5. What are some places you’d like to travel to learn more about?

 

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This week we celebrate Banned Books Week, an annual celebration for the freedom to read. See our “Banned Books Week” shelf in the app with titles from our collection that frequently appear on banned or challenged lists.

 

Reading, Reading, Reading: Five Ways to Foster the Home/School Connection

Now that school is under way and your children settle into their routines, how can you ensure connections with your kids stay at the forefront? Linking experiences from home to school (for example, reading a story aloud) can establish the connections that children need for success in later literacy learning. Here are some ways you can build literacy bridges to school and home:

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First Day Jitters

Whether you're already a few weeks into the school year or have the first day rapidly approaching, we've compiled a list of books that you can read with your children or students to help them process all the emotions running through their little bodies this time of year.

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Back to Something….

It’s a time for renewal, for starting over and getting to know a new class of wonderful students, making new friends and celebrating a new chapter of teacherdom. At Novel Effect, we’ve been there. We know that you want something new to spice up the ol’ lesson plans.

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3 Fun Activities for Community Story Times

Between the heat and vacation, we know the challenges of coming up with new ideas to add interactivity into routine story times. This blog, we’re focusing a bit on resources for community storytellers.

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Summer Reading Fun and Adventures

While research shows the "Summer Slide" can cause the kiddos to lose some of what they learned the previous school year, there's plenty of fun ways to incorporate the brain-boosting activity of reading into a summer of adventure!

Here are some of our suggestions, inspired by items in the Novel Effect library:

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A Note to Teachers from our Chief of Education

As an early childhood educator and now a parent, I know that it can be exhausting to fit everything you need to do into jam-packed days. As the school year comes to a close, I hope you take a moment to reflect on the joyful moments of success and the challenges that inspired to do better.

We created our app so that story time is an achievable daily goal that can create those moments of success. Novel Effect is an aid for those of us who don’t like to read out loud, for those of us who are too tired to make choo-choo train noises or roar like a lion, or for those of us looking for something to jazz up the ol’ classroom routine and get the wee one’s attention back to the basics of listening to a good story – with a little magic thrown in for good measure. 

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Novel Effect Takes New York!

If you love books, then the place to be last week was BookCon at New York City’s Javits Center. Since Novel Effect LOVES books, we set up shop at the heart of the action.

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BookCon is the event where storytelling and pop culture collide. Attendees can experience the origin of the story in all its forms by interacting with the authors, publishers, celebrities and creators of content that influence everything you read, hear and see.

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As one of these creators, Novel Effect let attendees in on the action. We set up an interactive recording space where kids of all ages (and we mean ALL ages) could spin a wheel, hear a demo of a wrong sound effect, and then take their shot at voicing their own version. We can’t wait to share the results in our new Novel Effect Original story, “At the Stroke of Storytime,” coming Friday to your Novel Effect app!

Be sure to download Novel Effect today and to check the app on June 8th for “At the Stroke of Storytime.” If you recorded one of the sounds for us at BookCon, be sure to let us know what you think of the end result!

Red Carpet Ready

The Webby Awards are the Internet's highest honor, with categories for everything from Mobile Apps to Podcasts to Digital Streaming. Novel Effect took home the Webby for Best Mobile Integrated Experience:

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