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 3.5

We've made improvements for you. Keep your reviews coming!

• Collectable stars can now be transferred between games. Save them up or spend them in the shop!
• Words are now easier to hear! We know that there can be a whole load of background noise in the home or classroom whilst playing, so we've made the words louder and clearer.
• Help messages have been made a bit clearer and, well... more helpful

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

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
181 Ratings

181 Ratings

Tiny Toes and Little Rascals ,

Teaching my monster to read

What a brilliant App.. reading is hard and can sometimes be boring but this app is amazing and it teaches all the important part of Phonics - “Hear it, say it” is so important and this game captures it perfectly. My son is 4 ( August baby) and in reception and is learning to read so naturally I tried every way I know ( I’m a TA) to encourage his reading but he was more than happy for me to read it for him and then this app showed up somewhere and I downloaded it. This app and lots of practice with other methods has brought his reading, writing and spellings on so much, I can’t recommend it enough. Not only can he read better but he’s so much more confident now. He spends about 16 minutes every other day playing on the app, it’s a fun way for him to rest, relax and learn!
Also as a school and someone who works intensively with SEND through out key stage 1 and 2 this app is huge hit! You’ll find it helps with everything from Fine motor, reading, concentrating to blending and sounding out and spelling/phonics.
If any children are having trouble with any part of the app please sit and spend a few minutes going out the sounds, words or phrases.. it’s a very independent app but could be used as part of some quality time together learning and relaxing.
Well done to the creators, you have made a brilliant educational app. Huge fan and I know all the children I work with are to.

Developer Response ,

Hi there, we're so pleased you've found the app incredibly useful for helping children learn to read. It's fantastic to hear that the important "Hear it, say it" element of literacy and phonics is being delivered very well in the game too. Thank you.

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. :)

lauraingles113 ,

Great way to encourage young children with their phonics and early reading

We love the Teach your monster to read game! We have it on most of the phones and tablets in the house. It has really helped my daughter progress quickly with her reading. She loves making new monsters so she can start again too, which has been a great way for her to practise and cement her knowledge of the earlier sounds.

She enjoys the different challenges set by the various characters she meets along the way. It is a game that she comes back to almost every day, she never gets bored of it and she sees it as a reward/treat. I can definitely see the improvement in her reading ability and I think this game has played a big part in that.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the review, that means a lot. Well done to your daughter for teaching her monster to read. Absolutely fantastic news.


Teach Monster Games Ltd
132 MB

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



Age Rating
Rated 4+
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