Novel Effect’s 2019 Reading List

Here is a list of our recommended titles to read out loud this year! Packed with fun sound effects and lively music from Novel Effect, these popular books are sure to keep your little one engaged for the entire story, whether they are reading themselves or just listening.

Make a resolution to read aloud more and join in on our pursuit to get every child to love reading in 2019!


2019 Reading List for Infants & Toddlers

1. Hello Baby – by Mem Fox

Perhaps a porcupine with a twitching nose or a lion cub with dust on its toes, author Mem Fox explores the possible things that baby could be. When she finally finds her answer, the jungle safari comes to a close, but not before each animal has had its turn to make a noise. Find it on Amazon.

2. Barnyard Dance – by Sandra Boynton

Get ready because it’s time to bow to the cow and twirl with the pig. That’s right! It’s time for a barnyard dance with all your favorite farm animals! Feel the beat and get in the grove dancing along with animals in this lively story and bluegrass soundscape. Find it on Amazon.

3. The Littlest Pumpkin – by Suzette Wright

When the littlest pumpkin in the patch isn’t chosen to become a jack-o-lantern, things seem very bleak – until a child discovers his hiding place! This book is designed for children with visual impairments. We’ve partnered with American Printing House for the Blind (APH) to create a soundscape that has been optimized to reinforce pre-Braille literacy concepts. Find the braille copy from APH.

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2019 Reading List for Pre-K & Kindergarteners

1. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! – by Mo Willems

Watch out for this whimsical pigeon! He’s plucky and persistent and wants nothing more than to drive the bus. He’ll beg and bribe and plead to have his way, but you made a promise to the bus driver. Full of pigeon sounds both pleading and berserk, read aloud to see if you can resist such a determined bird. Find it on Amazon.

2. My Teacher Can Teach…Anyone! – by W. Nikola-Lisa & illustrated by Felipe Galindo

An inclusive alphabet book for beginners and older kids alike, this fun story shows all sorts of careers that kids can pursue, regardless of gender or cultural norms. Engaging voices and sound effects help bring the extraordinary teacher’s classroom to life. Find it on Amazon.

3. Llama Llama Red Pajama – by Anna Dewdney

Baby Llama loves his mama, and he cannot go to bed without her. Fearing that she won’t return, he whimpers and pouts, and his tears pour out, unable to wait for her return. With music the enhances the intensity of Baby Llama’s stresses, read aloud and practice patience together. Find it on Amazon.

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2019 Reading List for 1st & 2nd Graders

1. Rosie Revere, Engineer – by Andrea Beaty & illustrated by David Roberts

With great ideas but little confidence, Rosie keeps her inventions to herself. Luckily, her great-great-aunt Rose recognizes her strength and restores Rosie’s spirit with an important lesson. With interactive character voices throughout, enjoy this story’s lesson that the only real failure is not trying. Find it on Amazon.

2. Where the Wild Things Are – by Maurice Sendak

Sent to bed without his supper, Max runs away to a land of Wild Things. But when his excitement dies down, Max discovers he misses home. The music mirrors Max’s emotions, bursting at times with energy and at others aching with regret. Ultimately, they both return to a place of peace and love. Find it on Amazon.

3. The Most Magnificent Thing – by Ashley Spires

Softly investigating the strength required to believe in yourself, this story and soundscape follow a child who discovers an idea. As the child gains confidence and overcomes doubts, the music crescendos and swells, culminating in something more beautiful than the child could ever imagine. Find it on Amazon.

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2019 Reading List for 3rd & 4th Graders

1. Grace for President – by Kelly DiPucchio & illustrated by LeUyen Pham

When Grace Campbell learns there has never been a female U.S president, she decides she wants to be the first and runs for the class president. Listen for the chants of crowds and the patriotic spirit of the electoral college vote as the story shows anyone can be president, regardless of their gender. Find it on Amazon.

2. Little Shop of Monsters – by R.L. Stine & Marc Brown

Written and illustrated by two monstrously talented children’s book icons, this frightfully funny picture book will get you and your kids screaming with laughter. Sounds help bring the creatures, like Sneezer and Bubble-Belly Billy, to life off the page, so listen along as you read for a scary good time. Find it on Amazon.

3. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – by Judith Viorst & illustrated by Ray Cruz

On bad days, every moment can be frustrating. That’s how Alexander feels, and you can hear him show his irritation by mumbling and grumbling over bothersome siblings, picky teachers, and lima beans for dinner. Still, all bad days come to an end, and with the help of his mom, Alex learns they don’t define him. Find it on Amazon.

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2019 Reading List for 5th Graders & Up

1. Jabberwocky – by Lewis Carroll

Beware the Jabberwock! Can you bravely slay it? We do declare you’ll listen close and enjoy it as you play it. With nonsense words and creepy tunes, this poem surely stirs. But when Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwock comes a-knockin’, will you be undeterred? Free eBook in Novel Effect.

2. Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah – by Laurie Ann Thompson & Sean Qualls

Born with a sharp mind, bold heart, but only one strong leg, Emmanuel decides being disabled does not mean being unable. He embarks with his bike on a mission to spread his message across Ghana. With authentic music that cycles with the tone of this true story, you’ll be inspired by Emmanuel’s determination. Find it on Amazon.

3. The Gettysburg Address – by Abraham Lincoln

Experience this moment from America’s History like you never have before. Abraham Lincoln’s unifying speech from the hallowed Gettysburg battleground during the Civil War comes to life with stylistic music like that played during the original memorial. Free eBook in Novel Effect.

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