Readers become Leaders Meet four-year-old who has read over 1,000 books

Haleema Arana began counting the number of books her daughter read when she was three as part of a challenge ‘1,000 Books Before Kindergarten’.

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Daliyah 1.PNG play Daliyah with Carla Hayden, the Librarian of the Library of Congress (United States)
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While many adults can barely boast of reading at least one book the whole of 2016, this four year old has read over 1,000 in just a year.

Daliyah Marie Arana was perhaps destined to be a prolific reader as even before her birth, her mother was already reading to her and her older siblings.

 

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At just two years old, she read her first book all on her own, says her mother Haleema Arana to the Washington Post.

Haleema Arana began counting the number of books her daughter read when she was three as part of a challenge ‘1,000 Books Before Kindergarten’.

Daliyah 2.PNG play The reading prodigy with her role model, Carla Hayden

On Wednesday January 11, Daliyah was invited by to the Library of Congress (the world’s largest library) by its librarian Carla Hayden to spend the day as ‘Librarian For The Day’. Hayden tweeted photos of herself showing the young girl around Congress’ library.

“It was fun to have 4-year-old Daliyah Marie Arana of Gainesville, [Georgia] as "Librarian For The Day." She's already read more than a 1,000 books”, Hayden tweeted.

Daliyah 4.jpg play At just two years old, she read her first book all on her own.

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According to Haleema, her daughter plans to help her teacher when she starts kindergarten in  September to teach her colleagues how to read.

Carla Hayden is the first African-American and first woman to become the Librarian of the Library of Congress in its 216 year history.

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