Teach Your Monster to Read is an award-winning phonics and reading game that’s helped millions of children learn to read.

• Parents have seen significant improvements in their children’s literacy within weeks.
• Teachers claim it’s a wonderful and captivating classroom tool that helps their students learn to read.
• Kids love making their monster and teaching it read. They learn through play.

Children create a monster and take it on a magical journey over three extensive games - meeting a host of colourful characters along the way and improving their reading skills as they progress.

• Covers the first two years of learning to read, from matching letters and sounds to enjoying little books.
• Designed in collaboration with leading academics and game designers.
• Complements all synthetic phonics programmes used in schools.
• Suitable for school and home use.
• Includes all 3 games! First Steps, Fun With Words and Champion Reader!

The game is rigorous and works with any phonics scheme so it’s perfect for use in school and at home. It’s developed in collaboration with leading academics at the University of Roehampton.

The app is commonly used in preschool, primary school, kindergarten and first grade as an interactive teaching resource.

Teach Your Monster to Read has been created by Teach Monster Games Ltd. which is a subsidiary of The Usborne Foundation. The Usborne Foundation is a charity founded by children’s publisher, Peter Usborne MBE. Harnessing research, design and technology, we create playful media addressing issues from literacy to health. Funds raised from the game go back into the charity, to help us become sustainable and build new projects.

• Complements Phases 2-5 of UK Government-approved Letters and Sounds and other major systematic synthetic phonics programmes.
• Absolutely no in-app purchases, hidden costs or in-game adverts. Perfect for kids!
• Suitable for ages 3-6.
• Designed in collaboration with reading experts from Roehampton University.
• Available on iPad and iPhone.

"This game is the absolute best quality phonics game I have come across for educational and fun value."
Marie Lewis, Rochdale

“My class have reaped loads of benefits from using the programme and the difference in some of their reading skills has been dramatic."
Maria Andrews, Foundation Phase Teacher

"This is a fabulous game. I'm not kidding when I say that my daughter essentially learned all her letter sounds using First steps, with relatively minimal input from me! Great for parents to practise their letter sounds too."
Eleanor Jones

Teach Monster Games Ltd is a subsidiary of The Usborne Foundation, a registered charity in England and Wales, charity number 1121957.

What’s New

Version 3.7

• As voted by you, a blue tentacled monster has made it's way into the game. You can find these monster body parts when you make a monster or customise your monster during gameplay.
• A thunder of dragons has flown in to our third game. These fire-breathers are spread across many planets, so watch out!
• A beautiful little animation has been added to the start screen, bringing warmth to the welcome.
• The buttons on the title screen are now bigger, making it easier to read them on small devices.
• The way the game exits when the app is closed has been improved. We've increased the time before the game goes back to the main menu, so you can continue where you left off if you've only exited the app for a few moments.
• Small bugs have been blasted away!

We love to read your success stories and we want to know what you’d like added to the game. We are a charity with a mission to improve children's literacy, so we want to make this game as great as it can possibly be. Please leave a review, we read every one!

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
510 Ratings

510 Ratings

justforyouu ,


I’ve been using this app with my 3 year old, partly for his speech, but to also give him a head start on reading. He’s blasting his way through the app and loves showing everyone how far he’s got and inviting them to play with him. He’s able to recognise letters and match them with the sound and vice versa, and carries this through to every day life when he’s beginning to try to read words he sees.

One criticism is that it’s too easy to add additional players to the game, meaning that he has made the maximum amount of players, which leads to him playing the same sounds over and over instead of working consecutively through the game if i’m not guiding him to the main one that is the furthest on. Adding the need for an adult to oversee new players being added would cut down on this.

All in all, a brilliant app that has helped with speech difficulty, helped concentration and coordination and makes learning extremely fun for a bright 3 year old.

MillyMollyMandysweetas ,

Brilliant! My kids love it!

I’ve tried so many learning programs and apps to help my Autistic son, he’s high functioning and clever but really struggled to concentrate during the phonics lessons, any English, reading and writing classes at school, it had a huge impact on his reading abilities, which has a knock on affect with everything else. He hates writing and anything that looks like school work. I quickly worked out he would quite happily learn with a fun computer program or a fun app on his iPad, however a lot we’ve tried are quite basic or boring. I am so glad I found Teach my Monster, not only is it fun but very good at teaching sounds to my child, who just thinks he’s playing a game, he’s really motivated to get on to the next level. Excellent app! Well done!

Developer Response ,

That's great to hear! We hear of so many kids who prefer to learn through play (what better way is there?!) and we're so pleased that Teach Your Monster to Read helps kids do just that. Well done to you and your son for finding what works for him. :)

hippylizzie ,

Great concept, but no pauses

It’s always a good idea to turn learning into a game and that has been done very well here. My daughter has been actually learning with this app and having loads of fun at the same time. My only criticism is that it is very difficult to stop. My daughter is only 2 so short lessons are great but the longer you go on, it all starts to get a bit overwhelming. She doesn’t want to stop because she likes it, but it just links from one round straight into the next with no natural pause point at all, so I have to be the one cutting it off every time which is a shame. It would be good if there was a ‘would you like to continue now or later’ option at some point.

Update: the 10 min practice and mini games are great options, although they don’t allow progress in the main game/story. There are a lot of great features outside of the main game though and the app is well worth the money - I recommend it!

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the review. We're so pleased that you like Teach Your Monster to Read and have found the game to be educationally valuable for your 2 year old. Well done to her for teaching monsters to read before she's started school! :)
We appreciate the feedback on the progression without pauses too. Perhaps you could try the Practice mode? This has a special 10 minute adventure mode, where you can even set exactly what you want to play and it does only last 10 minutes each time. You could either use this on it's own, or as part of a longer session (moving her from the main game into a 10 minute adventure mode to consolidate her learning at the end of each session, finishing with a natural stop). It's tricky to get the balance right on this as the game is used in different ways by parents, homeschoolers and teachers for kids of all different ages, so we really appreciate your feedback. Thank you,


Teach Monster Games Ltd
134.6 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



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    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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