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

• 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.
• Now includes all 3 games! First Steps, Fun With Words and Champion Reader!

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.

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 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.

• 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

What’s New

Version 3.3

Thanks to your wonderful feedback and reviews, we’ve made some exciting additions to the app. We read and respond to every review, so please keep them coming.


Dress your monster up as a princess, a superhero, a unicorn or a dinosaur!

Win snazzy new certificates for every game your monster completes.

You can now play practice mode with logged in monsters and we’ve also improved the interface to make it easier to jump into the game.

The popular running mini-game has been updated so it’s smoother to play.

There are more exciting prizes in the first game and the stars you collect are now carried across all three games.

Many small bugs have been fixed, including a multi-logout error, a keyboard bug when entering star codes and a proxy-related issue. We’ve also improved our error reporting in case of future ‘monsters in the system’.

Let us know what you think and please leave a review. We love to hear your success stories and want to know what else you’d like us to add to the game.

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
153 Ratings
153 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.

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.

Beanie29plus1 ,

Excellent app that gives many hours of learning

This is definitely a 5 star app. It starts off quite slow but I’d encourage people to stick with it. We have nearly finished all the levels now and the developers have done a great job of keeping things new and interesting but without changing things so quickly as to lose children who, I’m learning, enjoy routines and can play similar games many times without becoming bored. My daughter is in Reception class and I would recommend this to any parent of a child of that age. Thank you; I tried a few apps for learning and practicing phonics but this is the my daughter goes to first.

Developer Response ,

That's great to hear. We're delighted that your daughter has enjoyed learning through the game. Thanks, Alex


Teach Monster Games Ltd
129.7 MB

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



Age Rating
Rated 4+
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