Teach Your Monster to Read is the award-winning phonics 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 via the Apple app store, Amazon app store and Google Play store.
The game has been played by children 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.
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 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.
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.
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."
Cippenham Primary School
"The kids absolutely love this game - and they're learning!"
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!"
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!