Daliyah Marie Arana, a four-year-old girl was honored at the Library of Congress to be the “Librarian of the day” after successfully reading over 1,000 books.
According to Washington Post, Daliyah had wanted to do her own reading since she was 2 years and 11 months.
Daliyah’s mother, Haleema Arana said her daughter’s appetite for reading started from when she was in the womb.
She explained that she read books to her other young children on a daily basis. Also, when Daliyah was an infant, she heard her older brother reading chapters of books out loud in their home.
By the time she was about 18 months old, she was identifying the words in the books her mother read her.
“It kind of took off from there. The more words she learned, the more she wanted to read.”
Daliyah has also managed to read certain college-level texts, thereby impressing the leader of the nation’s library, Carla Hayden, who allowed
Daliyah to walk through the world’s largest library.
Daliyah’s mother got the idea to start counting the number of books Daliyah read through the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.
Despite meeting the program’s 1,000-book goal, Daliyah plans to reach 1,500 by the time she enters kindergarten next fall and hopes to help the teacher teach the other kids how to read.
She has been asked to recite the famous “I Have a Dream” speech at an upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration in her home town.