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This four-year-old girl has read 1,000 books and she hasn’t even started kindergarten

GIFTED: Daliyah Marie Arana

GIFTED: Daliyah Marie Arana

MEET four-year-old Daliyah Marie Arana who has read 1,000 books, including certain college-level texts, before starting kindergarten.

Daliyah joined Georgia’s “1,000 Books B4 Kindergarten” program at the age of two and completed the challenge, her mother told the Gainesville Times.

This week, the youngster visited the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and was made an honorary “Librarian For The Day”.

Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress who made history this year as she became the first woman and the first African American to run the nation’s library, tweeted that it was “fun” to have Daliyah visit.

SPECIAL VISIT: Daliyah at the

SPECIAL VISIT: Daliyah at the Library of Congress with Carla Hayden

Aged two, Daliyah read her first book on her own.

Daliyah’s mother, Haleema Arana, told the Gainesville Times that she and her husband have been reading to their her daughter since she was born and signed her up for the challenge early on.

“Most of the kids she graduated the program with were a bit older,” Haleema said.

Daliyah’s reading interests are perhaps surprisingly advanced for a pre-K student.

Haleema Arana posted a video on YouTube of her daughter reading a college-level speech called “The Pleasure of Books,” by William Lyon Phelps.

Her mother hopes that by posting the video, she can encourage other parents to teach their children how to read at a young age.

She says exposing her children to books from infancy has made all the difference

Daliyah has her own library card and wants to be a librarian when she grows up.

“I like to check out books every day,” she said. “And I want to teach other kids to read at an early age, too.”




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