The Game Overview is a short PDF which gives a quick run down of how the games work, and how children learn from them.
For information about The Usborne Foundation (funders of the project) or the team, visit the About Us page.
Photos of project spokespeople: Peter Usborne, Nicola Usborne, Angela Colvert, Alison Kelly, Antonio Gould (zip file)
Trailer for First Steps iPad App: http://vimeo.com/teachyourmonstertoread/app
Trailer for First Steps: http://vimeo.com/teachyourmonstertoread/trailer
Trailer for Fun With Words: https://vimeo.com/74126995
Trailer for Champion Reader: https://vimeo.com/129715970
Game 1 Screen Shots (.jpg)
Game 2 Screen Shots (.jpg)
Game 3 Screen Shots (.jpg)
Ms Jangle and Ms Jumble game (explores ways of representing the same sound)
Super Jump game (helps rehearse segmenting using a target grapheme)
Dragon Game (helps rehearse the different ways of representing sounds)
Spell Book (engages children in purposeful, fun reading)
The Shop (children can buy clothing and equipment as a reward for learning)
First Steps iPad App Screen Shots (.jpg)
Game 1 Characters
The Island Kings (.jpg)
Game 2 Characters
Game 3 Characters
Teach Your Monster to Read Logos
Please use this version of the logo for any print materials.
Please use this version of the logo online.
Fun with Words logos are provided here:
Champion Reader logos are provided here:
The Usborne Foundation Logo
I was stunned to see how much they enjoyed this. It blew me away.
- • Covers letters and sounds to reading full sentences.
- • Designed in collaboration with leading academics.
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."
"The kids absolutely love this game - and they're learning!"
"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!"
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!