Look to Read

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Look to Read is a new interactive, accessible and fun way to support early literacy development in AAC learners regardless of their literacy skills.


It helps facilitate independent exploration of books with the use of:

  • 16 fully accessible and engaging animated stories
  • 4 stages of progression, gradually introducing 
    • 95 letters and their sounds
    • 100 frequency words
  • 64 learning activities
  • A symbolized chat page for every story
How it works

Learners can choose one of the original 16 stories about the adventures of a young boy, Pip. Words of the story will be displayed on the screen, and can be read aloud by touching, looking, pressing the switch or moving the mouse over the words. Reading the whole sentence will cause a fun animation to bring the scene to life.


Story library

Look to Read starts with simple short stories and progresses to longer more complex stories. Each book gradually builds on the sounds and words that have already been introduced, so that learners can become more confident with every book they read.

Look to Read stories are presented in four stages of complexity, each one more complex than the previous as the student gradually becomes more confident with every book they read

A set of activities for each story further support the learner to explore and practice different sounds. They can start to spell words, and complete reading comprehension activities that help them show their understanding of the story.

Every story has a communication grid, to support children in talking about the book. These are filled with core vocabulary and other key words from the stories.



Every story comes with four activities to help consolidate learning. Like the stories, these activities will gradually become more complex to match the difficulty of the story being read. 

Activities included with Look to Read will help learners consolidate their literacy skills, by gradually increasing in difficulty to help match the reader's progression.

Support for 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 readers can talk about the stories as they read them.

Every story in Look to Read is supported by a symbolized chat grid to help readers with communication difficulties talk about the book as they are reading it

Who is Look to Read for?

Look to Read is suitable for children at any stage of literacy development - from those who are just starting out, to those who already have some literacy skills.

It's suitable for the following types of access:

  • Touch 
  • Eye gaze
  • Switch
  • Mouse

Look to Read also has a contrast mode for learners with visual impairments, making words and letters easier to see. 


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

Look to Read can be used on communication aids and tablets large and small.

Bridges accepts institutional P.O’s (purchase orders).

Call us for a quote or just fax or email a P.O. on your letter head.

How secure is my online order?

Any information submitted through the web store is safe and secure. Bridges uses state-of-the-art security encryption methods to ensure the highest standards of security for its online customers.

What payment methods are accepted?

We accept Visa and MasterCard for online orders.

What if I do not have a credit card?

If you do not have a credit card, please call us at 1-800-353-1107 (8:30am - 4:30pm EST) to discuss alternative payment methods.

How do I know if you have received my order?

When your order has been completed, you will receive a confirmation e-mail that will be sent to the e-mail address that you entered in the "Registration” page before checkout.


PLEASE NOTE that the COVID-19 crisis is impacting delivery times. Couriers are experiencing reduced capacity due to new hygiene procedures, increased volumes and/or emergency conditions. Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated.

Is your school or office limited as to when it can receive goods? When you place your order, in the comments area, please let us know if you cannot receive your order during regular business hours to avoid additional shipping charges. We will make every attempt to accommodate you, but we cannot guarantee that this will be possible.


What shipping options are available?

Most of our items are shipped by Canpar, which takes 3-5 business days to reach the customer. Where service is not available, or due to the special requirements of the product, we will also use UPS, Puralator or Canada Post. Please allow 10-15 days for order processing.


Ordering multiple, heavy-weighted items? 

If our store can’t calculate your shipping costs during checkout, your order may fall outside weight, size, or destination restrictions, for online ordering.

Sorry about that. 

Just contact us by email or phone and we'll figure out another way to get your order to you. 

How much does shipping cost?

Shipping is calculated individually depending on the weight and size of the item. This will be calculated automatically upon checkout and will be included in the total price when you go to the checkout.

How long does it take for me to receive my order?

Order processing time depends on availability of the product from the manufacturer, but typically products are shipped within 10-15 business days after the order is placed. See shipping options for the number of days it will take to reach you after it leaves our warehouse.

Do you ship internationally?

No, we currently sell our products and services only in Canada.

How can I track my order?

When the order is shipped out, you will receive an e-mail with a tracking number. If you do not receive this e-mail, please call 1-800-353-1107 (8:30am - 4:30pm EST) to receive your tracking number.




Do you offer a money back guarantee?

We offer a 21-day money-back guarantee unless otherwise noted. Products must be returned in a resalable condition as determined by Bridges. Returns are subject to a 20 percent restocking fee after 21-days. Many of our manufacturers offer additional limited warranties of longer durations on their products. Returns will no longer be accepted after a period of 90 days. Please call us at 1-800-353-1107 (8:30am - 4:30pm EST) or send an e-mail to info@bridges-canada.com for more information about manufacturer's warranties or returning your product.

Please note, customers cannot return software for a refund.  However, we do offer a store credit for the full amount if returned within 21 days. After 21 days a restocking fee may apply.

How do I return a product?

To return a product you need to get a Return Authorization (R.A.) number from us. Please call us at 1-800-353-1107 (8:30am - 4:30pm EST), e-mail us at info@bridges-canada.com or fax us at 905-542-7242 to get an R.A. number and further instructions. Please note, Bridges will not accept returns without an R.A. number. The customer is responsible for shipping costs of returned products.