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Book Genres

All children have different tastes. Encourage your child to read different genres.

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How to Choose a Book

Choosing the right or wrong book will make a big difference in a child developing a love of reading.

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Literacy & Nature

Understand five key points to connect literacy and nature.

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Reading & Art

Take away six ideas for expressive art activities, including one based on a popular children's book.

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Reading & Nutrition

Reading with children and encouraging them to eat healthy can go hand-in-hand.

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Reading with Children

Tips to being an effective reading partner.

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Reading & Writing

Get 14 great ideas for giving children purpose for writing.

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Tips for Read-Aloud

Get 20 sensible suggestions for creating a good read aloud experience.

Energy ExpressEnergy Express is an award-winning, 6-week, summer reading and nutrition program for children living in West Virginia’s rural and low-income communities.

With Energy Express, more than 3,000 children statewide gain or maintain reading levels during summer months through creative, colorful and captivating uses of art, drama and vocabulary. Our program also provides children with two nutritious meals each day during the program, helping to ensure our youths are fed each day even after the school year comes to an end. 

With the help of volunteers and mentors, students enjoy a daily read aloud to further enhance comprehension and fluency.

If you’re a parent looking to sign up your child for Energy Express, contact your local WVU Extension office. Energy Express is offered in various counties at select locations.

Download the Energy Express Child Enrollment Application

Impact of Energy Express

Energy Express Videos

Tune in Monday-Friday at 5:30 p.m. on West Virginia Public Broadcasting to catch the latest episodes of Energy Express on WVPB. Find out about each episode, grab what you need to participate (craft supplies, ingredients for recipes) and join us for the fun!

Did you miss an episode or maybe you want to go back and watch a favorite episode again? Be sure to visit our Energy Express on WVPB YouTube channel to catch the latest episodes. If you already have a YouTube account, be sure to subscribe to our channel and you’ll be notified when a new episode is available.