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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.

About Us

Energy Express is a free award-winning, six-week, summer reading and nutrition program for children in first through sixth grades living in West Virginia’s rural and low-income communities. This program aims to prevent the “summer slide,” in which children regress in their reading skills because they aren’t learning during the summer.

During Energy Express, children statewide increase or maintain their reading levels through creative, colorful and captivating uses of books, art, drama and vocabulary. Volunteers, mentors and staff create a print-rich environment where students have access to books and printed materials, opportunities to read and write, and the chance to explore the meaning of text through engaging activities. Daily read-alouds and take-home books are a staple at Energy Express. This unique approach makes reading interesting and fun for students, motivating them to continue learning.

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. 

Energy Express will run from  June 17 to July 26, 2024.

If you’re a parent looking to register 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

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