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 3.2

2 brand new minigames added! Play Space Goblins and Beach Party - excellent for blending and segmenting. Available in Practice mode.

The Island Kings have been brought to life with a wealth of new animations and expressions.

Multiple players can now login simultaneously (in the login-mode).

Music volume has been lowered and phoneme files changed so that letter sounds are easier to hear.

Small bug fixes, gameplay and usability improvements.

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
211 Ratings
211 Ratings

Editors’ Notes

Learn to read and pronounce words with your new friend!

ktlouie875 ,

Son made amazing strides in a short time

My son started playing this game the summer before he began kindergarten, about 15-20 minutes a day. At that time he could identify all of his letters but had no practice with sounding out words. I am AMAZED how fast this game helped him learn to read. At his first parent-teacher conference, his teacher estimated he was reading at a 2nd or 3rd grade level, after only a few months of playing the game. My only criticism would be that since we are American, it was odd to hear him read in an English accent sometimes, so I felt the need to play with him at first to make sure he knew some of the differences in how we pronounce words. He rarely plays anymore but now he can read nearly all the books on his bookshelf.

Ultrawife ,


My kindergarteners really have fun with helping their monsters! I recommend it!

Developer Response ,

Brilliant, thank you for the review. We're delighted that your kindergarteners are loving helping their monsters learn to read :)


Teach Monster Games Ltd
128.3 MB
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Teach Monster Games Ltd.


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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