Monster News

We’re Finalists in the BETT Awards!

Exciting news just in – Teach Your Monster To Read has been nominated for an award! And it’s a good one, too.

We’re delighted to be in the running for a BETT award, which recognises excellence in ICT educational resources. We’re up for the ‘Early Years Digital Content’ gong, and we’re honoured to be mentioned in the same sentence as some of the other nominees.

The winners – as judged by a formidable bunch of ICT teachers, educational consultants and education journalists – will be announced in Jan 2013 at a swanky black tie do. Which should be just enough time for The Monster to dig out and dust off his tux…

Keep everything crossed for us!

Draw a Monster Competition!

It’s Halloween, it’s half term, so what could be better than a monster drawing competition?

We really love monsters here at Teach Your Monster to Read and we’d love to see your little monsters’ monster designs.

We’re giving away £200 of Usborne books to the monsters our judges would most like to have as a pet.

For a chance to win, we’re asking children to draw (or paint or build) a monster and send a photograph of the finished work to go in our online gallery.

The monster can be one from the Teach Your Monster to Read game or from your imagination – it can be friendly, spooky, scary or silly!

Our judges will be Cathy James from plus her two daughters – they will have the hard task of choosing the winning pet monsters.

Good luck!


1st prize: £150 worth of Usborne books of your choice*
2nd and 3rd prizes: £25 worth of Usborne books of your choice*

* Subject to availability, of course!

How to enter

Send a photograph of your monster’s monster drawing to [email protected]

Deadline is 5pm on Friday 9th November 2012.

The winners will be announced on Friday 16th November 2012

If you’d like to send your child’s first name and their age along with the entry, we’ll add it to the gallery alongside their picture, but please only do this if you’re willing for us to show these in the gallery.

Need some inspiration? Here’s a few monsters I have found! (yes I enjoyed doing this)

The competition is open to entries from the UK only. For the Terms and Conditions of the competition go to

The blog is up and running…

Welcome to our shiny new Teach Your Monster to Read blog. This will be the place where you can find helpful hints and tips on the game, where we share updates about our future projects and game development, and it’s also a space to share your player stories from school and home.

We’re also hoping to discuss some of the latest issues surrounding technology and teaching, reading and literacy, gaming in education and parenting young readers.

Ambitious!? Let’s see how it goes…

5 phonics activities to help with learning to read

When it comes to helping children learn to read, it’s useful to have a few different tools to hand. Here are 5 resources to help!

Want help with a specific grapheme or letter sound?

Check out the practice mode on the app (for phones and tablets) or digital flashcards (for PC and laptop).

Want cards or posters?

Print our flashcards or display materials, complete with colourful monsters!

Want to get active?

Get phonics-fit by playing pass-the-sound relay race, or one of our other physical phonics games.

Want to sing-along?

Our animated phonics songs are specially designed for revising and teaching letter-sounds. 


Got a phone or tablet?

Download all 3 games for just £4.99 on your iPhoneiPadAndroid or Amazon device. Practice mode included.

Enjoy teaching your monster to read!

Dig, Plant, Water, and Harvest!

We have some exciting news from the Teach Your Monster HQ. In our game Teach Your Monster Adventurous Eating, you can now grow your own food in Bub’s Garden! 

Using the elevator to descend to the garden, your child’s monster can now dig, plant, water, and harvest their own food in their very own veg patch.

Your Monster in the Adventurous Eating Garden!

From Planting to Plating: Expand your knowledge while having fun!

Through the veg patch, children can now learn about the journey their food takes from planting to their plates. Witness the magic of nature as you dig, plant, water, and nurture your crops too. At the end, Bub can harvest the fruits of your labour.

Dig, Plant, Water, and Harvest

Engage in various gardening activities as you nurture your veg patch. Dig deep to prepare the soil, plant a variety of vegetable seeds, water them regularly, and watch as your plants grow. When the time is right, carefully harvest the ripe produce and prepare it for Bub to taste.

The vegetable patch in Teach Your Monster Adventurous Eating

Satisfy Bub's Taste Buds 

Experience the joy of feeding Bub with fresh, homegrown vegetables. Pick the ripest and tastiest vegetables from your garden and offer them to Bub. Watch as the veggies get prepared for Bub too. They can also experiment with different combinations to make mealtime a truly enjoyable experience!

Make sure you update to the latest version of the game to embark on an educational journey through Bub's garden:  

App Store

Google Play



Enjoy the wonders of nature and the satisfaction of growing your own food.

Good luck, and happy gardening!

From Teach Your Monster HQ

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