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Get your free app and spooky colouring treat this Halloween!

Have a fa-boo-lous time making your monster's world a little more colourful, with this spooky printable colouring poster!

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Then get the BAFTA-nominated series of games completely free for a very limited time!

Teach Your Monster to Read is always free to play on laptops and PCs via the website, and the app is also completely free for a very limited time. Downloaded for free and there's nothing to pay, even after the free promotion ends.

Do you want to play on multiple devices? If so, then you'll either need player login details (which you can get from a teacher if the game is used in school) or you'll need to set your own account up.

Ready to go on an adventure? Download Teach Your Monster to Read from your app store today!

Google Play Store

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Amazon CA

Apple app store

or point an iPhone / iPad camera at this QR code to download from the app store...

Want to help the Usborne Foundation? As a charity, we need your support to spread the word about our award-winning educational games. We'd really appreciate it if you could let people know how beneficial our games have been for you.

You could send a message like this:

We use #TeachYourMonster to help kids learn to read. The app is free from Fri Oct 23 for a very limited time on Apple apple.co/2V92VL5, Amazon amzn.to/2VgOwfR & Google bit.ly/2cohkeR @monsterscanread. Get a free account at teachyourmonstertoread.com

Thank you

The Teach Your Monster team

The Usborne Foundation celebrates online reading game reaching more than 20 million children worldwide

PLUS: PLANS REVEALED FOR LAUNCH OF NEW GAME THIS YEAR!

Charitable organisation, The Usborne Foundation, announces that Teach Your Monster to Read, a series of three free online reading games to help young learners further develop their reading skills, has reached more than 20 million children worldwide and has been played 200 million times!

With children across the world learning at home due to Covid-19, and parents looking for additional resources to support home learning and encourage children to read during the lockdown, Teach Your Monster to Read has attracted record levels of users since the outbreak.  

Peter Usborne MBE, who established The Usborne Foundation, and is founder of world-renowned Usborne Publishing, said, “Since its launch in 2012, our Teach Your Monster to Read series of games have proved incredibly popular with children, parents and schools; helping young learners to further develop their reading skills.  Today the game has reached a staggering 20 million children worldwide, and has over 200 million plays; an incredible milestone for our team to celebrate.  

Peter Usborne MBE with his daughter, Nicola Usborne (MD of Usborne Publishing)

Digital resources that support home-learning play an important role in a child’s education, and Teach Your Monster To Read is a fun and exciting way for children at different reading levels to learn, whilst also helping parents and schools during these unprecedented times; it is a very successful formula.  The significant uplift in users during the pandemic shows our love for reading is stronger than ever.”

The game series currently includes Teach Your Monster to Read: First Steps; Teach Your Monster to Read: Fun with Words; and Teach Your Monster to Read 3:  Champion Reader.

A ground-breaking new game, Teach Monster: Reading for Fun is currently being worked on by the team.

A brand new game (currently in development) will enable children to meet wonderful new characters, explore a brand new magical world, and earn entire books that they can read anytime and keep on their monster’s bookshelf.  Every child will have the chance to create their own free library with more than 50 books available to collect, read, and listen to. The goal is to ignite a lifelong love of reading and make books accessible to every child.

Play in a world of reading and books

Play in a world of reading and books.

Visit Goldspear in the village library and browse the bookshelves for your next book

Visit Goldspear in the village library and browse the bookshelves for your next book.

Collect books for your monster's bookshelf. Read along with villagers and help them solve mysteries

Collect books for your monster's bookshelf. Read along with the villagers and help them solve mysteries.

Simple steps to get kids playing 'Teach Your Monster to Read' at home.

As a result of school closures and disruption due to coronavirus, we’ll make Teach Your Monster to Read completely free across the world, in order to help children learn to read whilst at home.

We want to help out as much as we can, so we’ve made Teach Your Monster to Read completely free until Monday March 23rd on Apple (today) and Amazon (from Thursday) as well as at teachyourmonstertoread.com. It’s also just 0.99 on Google Play Store*.

This means if anyone downloads it to their device for free this week, it will cost them nothing and it will be free to continue to use on that device thereafter.

It’s easy to get kids playing at home. There are 2 ways:

1) If you don’t want to track students’ progress:
Simply share this page with parents. Kids can then get playing straight away, with no passwords required. 

You could post this message to parents:"We use Teach Monster to help kids learn to read in school and it's been made free to use at home due to coronavirus disruption. Download free this week on Apple: apple.co/2V92VL5, on Amazon (from Thurs) https://amzn.to/2VgOwfR, or 0.99 on Android: bit.ly/2cohkeR"

2) If you want to track students’ progress:
Login or sign up at teachyourmonstertoread.com. Set up every child as a player on our website. Print off and send home their password cards (which can be downloaded from your dashboard). Kids can then log in to their player accounts on our website or app. You can see their progress on your dashboard.

Children playing Teach Your Monster to Read

Our app (featuring all 3 extensive games) is free on Apple app store now (Tuesday March 17 2020) and Amazon (from this Thursday) and also laptops and PCs at teachyourmonstertoread.com. It's just £0.99 / $0.99 on Google Play Store*.

It is usually £4.99 / $4.99 and it has no in-app purchases or adverts. It will now be free to download until Monday March 23rd on Apple and Amazon stores. Once downloaded, it's free to continue to use on that device thereafter.

Download links here:

Apple app store

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Google Play Store

*Due to Google Play Store policy not allowing a new sale to start within 30 days after the completion date of the last sale, we’re unable to give our app away for free on Google Play Store because we just recently ran a free promotion. For this reason we've priced it at £0.99 / $0.99.

Teach Your Monster to Read FREE across the world, to ease school-closure disruption due to Coronavirus (NOW ENDED)

(UPDATE: This offer has now ended, although the app may be available at a discounted rate below the standard $4.99 / £4.99 price point)

As a result of school closures and disruption due to coronavirus, we have decided to make Teach Your Monster to Read completely free across the world, in order to help children learn to read whilst at home.

Our award-winning phonics and reading games have been played over 160 million times and are used by thousands of teachers as part of their phonics and literacy education.

The app has recently been approved by the UK Department for Education’s Hungry Little Minds campaign to help parents find high quality educational apps for kids. 

With children learning from home due to school closures and self-isolation cases, as a not-for-profit, we want to do what we can to mitigate the disruption and help children continue learning. Millions of children use the app every month and we want to make sure every child can access it at home. 

Children playing Teach Your Monster to Read

Our app (featuring all 3 extensive games) is free on Apple app store from Tuesday March 17 2020 and Amazon app store from Thursday March 19. It's also free to play on laptops and PCs at teachyourmonstertoread.com and just £0.99 / $0.99 on Google Play Store*.

It is usually £4.99 / $4.99 and it has no in-app purchases or adverts. The special offers will run until Monday March 23rd. Once downloaded, it's free to continue to use on that device even after the promotion has ended.

Download links here:

Apple app store

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Google Play Store

*Due to Google Play Store policy not allowing a new sale to start within 30 days after the completion date of the last sale, we’re unable to give our app away for free on Google Play Store because we just recently ran a free promotion. For this reason we've priced it at £0.99 / $0.99.

Version 3.5 is live, easier to hear and better on iPhone X

Hold your monsters! Version 3.5 of Teach Your Monster to Read has now been released on all app stores and we've got some lovely little improvements in here, along with some 'quality of life' updates.

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. This follows on from release 3.4 when we made the phonemes easier to hear - which was very well received by parents, teachers and most importantly, children. We believe this is one of the most useful improvements we could make to the app at this time. We're really excited about how much this simple change can help children learn to read whilst playing the game.

Collectable stars can now be transferred between games

Previously a player couldn't carry their stars from the second game 'Fun with words' to the third game 'Champion Reader'. But now, any player who conscientiously saves their stars, can rightly carry them into 'Champion Reader'. So whether you save them up or spend them in the shop, your stars are always yours to use as you please.

The game is now full screen on iPhone X

The game now looks better on iPhone X and makes use of every pixel.

Help messages have been made clearer

and, well... a bit more helpful. Enough said, really.

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.

We dedicate version 3.5 to everyone who has left us a review over the past year asking for the audio to be easier to hear. We've been listening (excuse the pun) and ramped up the quality and volume of the words and phonemes so your little ones can hear them better.

Do you like this release? Want to see more? Let us know.

Download on iOS

Download on Google Play

How to use the game in the classroom

How to get kids playing at home

Played 100 million times across the world!

Teach Your Monster to Read, has now been played 100 million times across the world!

The award-winning educational game helps children learn to read by taking them on a magical journey, meeting colourful characters along the way and collecting fantastic rewards. As children teach their own monster to read, they rehearse a range of essential reading skills; matching letters to sounds, blending, segmenting, tricky words and reading full sentences.

Played millions of times by millions of children

  • The first game is called 'Teach Your Monster to Read: First Steps' and it was launched 2013.
  • There are now 3 games, which are available in one app on smartphone and tablet, as well as free on the web.
  • The games have been played in almost every country in the world.
  • Over 11 million children have now played the games.
  • The games are played by around 1 to 2 million children every month.

winning children get their Teach Your Monster to Read certificates

Funded by the Usborne Foundation

The BAFTA-nominated game is funded by the Usborne Foundation, a charity set up by Peter Usborne and his children, Nicola and Martin, to support initiatives to develop early literacy. Teach Your Monster to Read also generates funds via app sales, which help to keep the game running as well as fund the foundation's new initiatives.

Find out more about the team behind the game

Teach Your Monster to Read: FREE for 1 week only!

Our Bafta-nominated game is FREE on all app stores from Monday 4th March 2019 to Sunday 10th March 2019.

Helped over 10 million children learn to read

Teach Your monster to Read is the immensely popular game that makes learning to read fun. It has now been played almost 100 million times worldwide and helped over 10 million children learn to read.

The game was developed by The Usborne Foundation, a charity founded by children’s publisher, Peter Usborne MBE, with a mission to help children around the world learn to read.

We believe that every child should be given the opportunity to learn and develop. Giving our phonics and reading app away for free enables teachers and pupils to benefit from using the game in classrooms and at home.

Complements phonics programmes used in schools

The game covers everything from letters and sounds to reading full sentences. There are three levels which between them cover the first two years of the reading journey. Developed in conjunction with leading academics from the University of Roehampton, it is educationally robust and complements all synthetic phonics programmes used in schools.

Widely praised by teachers and parents across the globe

  • The kids absolutely love this game - and they’re learning!
  • I am using the app with my reception class. The children are loving it! They are all really keen to progress and can be heard talking to their monsters as they are working with each phoneme.
  • Far and away the best reading tool we have found for our kids.
  • I was stunned to see how much they enjoyed playing this. It blew me away.
  • It’s phonics based approach is pedagogically sound and up to date with the latest thinking on the topic. All education software should be this well thought through.

Free period

The game will be free to download between Monday 4th March 2019 to Sunday 10th March 2019. Once downloaded, it will remain completely free to play on your device after this period.

Download on iTunes

Download on Google Play Store

Download on Amazon

Help our charity by spreading the word!

Example tweet / Facebook post: Get the BAFTA-nominated literacy app, Teach Your Monster to Read, for FREE this week only. Hurry, ends Sunday 10th March! apple.co/2f0Dgi1, amzn.to/2bXrdUe and tinyurl.com/GoogleTeachMonster #monsterscanread #phonics @monsterscanread

For press enquiries, please contact: [email protected]

Unicorns, princesses and superheroes! New costumes, certificates and more in update 3.3

The Teach Monster team has been tremendously busy working on the latest update to the game. We're so pleased to bring you version 3.3 of Teach Your Monster to Read, which is packed full of fun additions and 'quality of life' changes for your children to enjoy. Let's check out what's new!

  • You can now dress your monster up as a princess, a superhero, a unicorn or a dinosaur! These new costumes are hidden throughout the 3 games. A special prize goes to the first monster to collect them all! Let us know if you manage to hunt them all down :)
  • There are snazzy new certificates for every game your monster completes. This much-loved feature of the web version of the game has now been brought to the app. Tap on the trophy icon on the login screen to view your achievements.

  • You can now play practice mode with logged in monsters. We’ve also improved the interface to make it easier to jump into the game.
  • The popular running mini-game (you know... the one with the flowers) 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’.

All of this is thanks to your wonderful feedback and reviews. We read and respond to everything we can, so please keep them coming.

Sign up today to hear when our app is next free

Very occasionally, the Teach Your Monster to Read app is completely free to download for a short period of time. Once you've downloaded the app, there's nothing to pay after the free period ends.

If you don't want to miss out when our app goes free on all app stores, simply join our mailing list today and you'll be the first to know when the app is next free.

FREE until the end of September!

We're giving away the Teach Your Monster to Read app for FREE until 30th September 2017!

FREE - Download on the Apple app store UK or USA

FREE - Download on Google Play store

FREE - Download on Amazon app store UK or USA

Teach Your Monster to Read is the award-winning game that helps children learn to read. We're delighted to be making the game accessible to more children at home and at school, by making it available for free on phones and tablets.

The game has been played over 20 million times, so helping even more children play through the app is an exciting development for everyone!

"As teachers and students head back to school after the summer break, this is the perfect time for people to download the app onto as many devices as they need to." says Peter Usborne, founder of The Usborne Foundation.

"We know that the cost of classroom resources can stack up, which is why we’re giving teachers the chance to get it for free."

The game, which is designed in collaboration with leading academics from Roehampton University, covers everything from letters and sounds to reading full sentences.

The free period starts around 24th/25th September and ends on 30th September. The price will revert back to £4.99 ($4.99) and all profits go back into the Usborne Foundation, enabling us to make more great learning resources.

FREE - Download on the Apple app store UK or USA

FREE - Download on Google Play store

FREE - Download on Amazon app store UK or USA

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

Matt Lovegrove, Cippenham Primary School

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Why Play?

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

FAQ

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.

Testimonials

"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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