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A fun and motivating way to explore stories

Everyone can enjoy Look to Read as part of their literacy journey – whether you are just starting out or already have some literacy skills. Each book is fully accessible, with exciting content and learning activities to support you at every stage.

Try the first story for free

Who is Look to Read for?

Look to Read is suitable for AAC learners at any stage in their literacy journey, including those who are:

  • Understanding cause and effect and developing access skills
  • Exploring books independently for the first time
  • Recognising sounds and letters, and developing early literacy

Key features


  • 16 original animated stories
  • 4 stages of progression
  • 95 letter sounds and 100 high frequency words
  • 64 learning activities
  • Symbolised chat grids for every story
  • Workbook for tracking and recording progress
  • High contrast mode for users with visual impairment

How it works


Step one – Choose from one of the 16 stories about the magical adventures of a young boy called Pip and his family.

Step two – See the words of the story displayed on the screen. Look, touch, press your switch or move your mouse over the words to hear them read aloud.

Step three – When you have read the whole sentence, fun animations will bring the story to life.

16 animated stories


The stories in Look to Read are grouped into four different reading stages – each stage gradually introduces new sounds and vocabulary to build on what you’ve already learned. As you progress through the stages they introduce more complex sounds, and longer stories with more words on the page.


Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Stage 4

Fat Bat

Pip Hops

Ten Hens

Kit Licks

Rabbit King

Buzz Bug

Chip’s Wish

Which Duck?

Tick Tock Clock

I am a Fish

Pond Picnic

Mum’s Shopping Trip

Night Spiders

Rainy Day


Spotty Dragon




Each story comes with four accompanying activities, exploring everything from phonic sounds and story recall, to building words and sentences with keywords from the books.

Story Sounds – Listen to the letter sounds introduced

Listen & Spell – Hear individual words and spell them out using the letter sounds

Building Words – Listen to and build key words

Find the Words – Hear and find key words

Making Words – Make new words using target sounds from the stories

Sentence Building – Build sentences using words from the books

What Happened? – Complete comprehension activities recalling key events

Encourage a love of reading

Early literacy begins with exploring books. Looking at the front cover, learning that text flows from left to right, and moving from page to page as you progress through the story – all important parts of a learner’s early literacy experience.

Support early communication

Symbolised chat grids are available with every story in Look to Read. Each grid combines commonly used core words (e.g. more, stop, like) with key words from the story. They are always available, so you can talk about the stories as you read them.

Discover phonics

Phonics is a method of teaching children to read and write by helping them to hear, identify and use different letter sounds. Look to Read introduces these letter sounds gradually, one story at a time.

Used alongside literacy instruction, the programme encourages learners to link sounds and letters, and begin to read.

Read in high contrast

High contrast mode is designed for learners with visual impairment. This setting is easily switched on within the software. Backgrounds will change to blue with yellow text to create a stronger contrast.

Try the first story for free

You’ll meet Pip and a very hungry bat who loves to eat jam…

Try the first story for free

Support materials and help

Find everything you need to support Look to Read including manuals, guides, articles and more at the Smartbox Hub.

Look to Read on the Smartbox Hub


Look to Read is designed to work on communication aids and tablets large and small.

Minimum specification

Windows 10
Intel Atom 1.44GHz
2 GB Hard disk space free

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