Daliyah Marie Arana is somewhat of a child prodigy: She read her first book at 2 years and 11 months. Now 4 years old, she has finished more 1,000 books, a feat that earned her an invitation by Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress, to become “librarian for the day” at the world’s largest library last week. “She just kept saying how the Library of Congress is her most favorite, favorite, favorite library in the whole wide world,” her mother Haleema Arana said. Haleema explained to The Washington Post that she got the idea to keep track of how many books her daughter is reading because of the “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Daliyah is planning on having read 1,500 books by the time she starts kindergarten next fall.
“I like to check out books every day,” Daliyah, who is a regular at the Gainesville library said. “And I want to teach other kids to read at an early age, too.” As a challenge to challenge Daliyah, her mother gave her “The Pleasure of Books,” a college level text by William L Phelps that the 4-year-old learned to read perfectly — including words as punctiliousness — as a YouTube video demonstrates. “She’s able to just absorb so much and retain so much so fast,” Haleema said. During her visit to the library, the 4-year-old toured the children’s section, read books to Hayden and met several other members of the library staff. She even made a recommendation to improve the space: Putting whiteboards in the hallway, so kids like her can practice their writing on them. “They said they would try to make that happen,” her mother said.
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