While many toddlers are read to by their parents, it’s rare that one can read an entire book on their own. Which is exactly what Daliyah Marie Arana did one month shy of her third birthday.
A year later, she’s read over 1,000 books.
It all started when Haleema Arana, her mother, was pregnant with her. Haleema used to read to her other children while Daliyah was inside of her, which studies suggest can stimulate their minds. After entering the world, she then regularly heard her brother read out loud.
Shortly before turning two, Daliyah was eager to read on her own. Her mother said:
“she wanted to take over and do the reading on her own. it kind of took off from there. the more words she learned, the more she wanted to read.”
Daliyah recently got to visit the library of Congress and shadow their current librarian, Carla Hayden.
It was fun to have 4-year-old Daliyah Marie Arana of Gainesville, GA as "Librarian For The Day." She's already read more than a 1,000 books. pic.twitter.com/MQfwlUrakO
— Carla Hayden (@LibnOfCongress) January 11, 2017
Of the visit, Daliyah said:
“she just kept saying how the library of congress is her most favorite, favorite, favorite library in the whole wide world.”
Daliyah’s even been able to read some college level books.
Checkout this video of Daliyah reading. If you have young children, be sure to also look into the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.
H/T: Washington Post
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