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Thank you so much for your wonderful game. I'd tried every resource available to me, but my son had zero interest in learning to read. After playing on your site for two days he was focused and ready to start learning. He's already reading simple words and he's excited about reading!!
Alicia Lott (Parent)

My year one class love this reading game and are desperate to know if there will be more levels. It is the best game I've found for teaching sounds - and I've looked at a lot! Being able to play at their level and have consolidation for the sounds they get wrong is brilliant and means they can work independently without having to wait for me to assess and set the correct level. Fantastic!
Sandy Shepard (Teacher)

My son (almost 4) absolutely loves this game and it has made phonics fun and accessible - he simply isn't interested in traditional phonics games/activities. The island king and monster have really captured his imagination. Suddenly his reluctance has gone and he's sounding out his phonemes accurately and recognising them instantly (not bad for a lad suffering from glue ear!).
Tracy Halford (Parent and Teacher)

I would like to congratulate you on a brilliant piece of software. We have introduced this to our Early Years Foundation Stage Pupils who have totally taken to it and gone home and carried on playing there. If they have a choice of things to do on the computer, this is now their first choice. I have also introduced it to a class of Years Ones in ICT Club and they have chosen to play it all week. It is wonderful to stand back and watch them all engaged with the game and comparing their progress.

Congratulations on an excellent product. Can you do one for maths now?!!!!!
Mel Hall (School ICT Administrator)

I read about the website in the TES a few months ago and have only just got around to trying it with my 4 year old twins. They both loved it and it was hard to stop them at 4 games each!!! Thank you for this well made and motivating resource.
Becky Green (Teacher and Parent)

Thank you for this wonderful site! My students are really enjoying it! We can't wait for Step Two.
Teri Pope (Teacher)

This is an amazing, beautifully made and entertaining site for young children to learn phonic sounds. Design a monster and take it on an adventure around a magic area to find the letter sounds and fix a spaceship. The storyline is good and the activities are educational and motivational.
Martin Burrett (Teacher and Educational Speaker)

All in all – we loved it and I can really see the potential for this in both mainstream classroom setting and for children with additional needs.
Jenny (Parent and Blogger)

My 5 year old son loved playing this and it was educational (without being too obvious). The graphics and sound were exceptionally good. Children these days are very lucky to have such learning tools. My son says “it is amazing!'"
Sue Press (Parent)

I can't recommend this highly enough, my boys love this! Even the ones that can already read enjoy it.
Samantha Tancock (Parent)

I just introduced my kids to your game today, and my son is already addicted. Which is wonderful because he's having a hard time with reading! Hurray!
Amy (Parent)

This website is truly a gem. I love it and so do my students
Jennifer Jones (Teacher)

This is such a gem you will scarcely believe it is free! If you teach infants or children in the first stages of learning to read, sign them up straight away and watch them have a ball while teaching their monster to read. As well as recognising letters and sounds, the game teaches children to blend and segment. Synthetic phonics in an engaging, fun and progressive game... and completely free!
sites4primary (Educational Resource Website)

Teach Your Monster to Read raises the bar for those producing learning games. Even though games have increased in their quality and scope throughout the last few years, teachers have often had to shoe-horn ideas from off the shelf titles.

This game is deeply rich in its design, classic in gameplay, and importantly designed with the learner at the centre.

It offers a brand new approach to educational game development - drawing expertise together from a multidisciplinary team and it shows it the depth of quality in the game. As a primary teacher I was always left with a nagging doubt about one facet of games I was using. If it wasn’t the gameplay, the design and production quality was limited or indeed the learning value was fleeting.

With Teach Your Monster to Read we have a game that breaks that mould and delivers on every level.
Tom Barrett (ex teacher, now consultant in ICT & Education)

(Tom worked with us in the final stages of the project to make sure our back end systems worked well for teachers, and also to advise on our marketing strategy.)

I was stunned to see how much they enjoyed this. It blew me away.

Matt Lovegrove, Cippenham Primary School

Why Play?

  • Covers letters and sounds to reading full sentences.
  • Designed in collaboration with leading academics.
  • Computer version is 100% free.


Why is the computer version free?

The game has been funded by the Usborne Foundation, a charity set up to support initiatives to develop early literacy.

Our mission is to help as many children learn to read as possible. The computer version is 100% free and we put profits from the app back into the Usborne Foundation, to continue to create new and exciting ways for children to learn.

The charity was founded by Peter Usborne MBE and his children, Nicola and Martin, one of the world’s leading children’s book publishing companies and Children’s Publisher of the Year 2012. He was previously one of the founders of the magazine Private Eye.

What age is it for?

The game is for children in the first stages of learning to read, or for older children who need a bit more practice. Read more details about the three games.

How do children learn from the game?

The game takes children on a magical journey, meeting colourful characters along the way and collecting fantastic rewards. When children are engaged, they’re motivated to learn.

As they progress, they rehearse a range of essential reading skills; matching letters to sounds, blending, segmenting, tricky words and reading full sentences.

Find out exactly what the game covers.

Will it work on my device?

The game runs on any normal laptop or desktop computer (including Apple Macs) and the app works on iPhone, iPad, Android and Kindle tablets.

Who are The Usborne Foundation?

Peter Usborne is the founder and Managing Director of Usborne Publishing, one of the world’s leading children’s book publishing companies and Children’s Publisher of the Year 2012. He was previously one of the founders of the magazine Private Eye, and was recently awarded an MBE for services to publishing.


"I was stunned to see how much they enjoyed this. It blew me away."

Matt Lovegrove,
Cippenham Primary School

"The kids absolutely love this game - and they're learning!"

John Hole,
Wray Common Primary School

"This is a fun and engaging way to help your child learn to read. My son warmed to the game quickly and didn't want to stop playing it!"

Sarah Fox,
mum to Leon aged 5

This is a fun and engaging way to help your child learn to read. My son warmed to the game quickly and didn't want to stop playing it!

Sarah Fox, mum to Leon aged 5

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