If you ask her parents, Daliyah Marie Arana was learning to read before she was born. While she was pregnant with Daliyah, her mother Haleema read books to her other young children on a daily basis. Daliyah, it turns out, seems to have been listening. By the time the Gainesville, Georgia, resident was about 18 months old, she was recognizing words, The Washington Post reports. Then, at the ripe old age of 2 year and 11 months, Daliyah read her first book.
“She wanted to take over and do the reading on her own,” her mother told The Post. “It kind of took off from there. The more words she learned, the more she wanted to read.”
Now 4 years old, the impressive tot has read more than 1,000 books—including a few college-level titles. Even Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress, is impressed with the youngster’s uncanny abilities. Hayden was so impressed, in fact, that she invited Daliyah to be a “librarian for the day” at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Talk about a dream come true!
Hayden shared two photos from the visit on Twitter, showing Daliyah, dressed in an adorable pink dress and matching bow, exploring the hallowed halls of the historic building:
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
At home in Georgia, Daliyah has her very own library card and is a regular at her local library in Gainesville.
“I like to check out books every day,” Daliyah told the Gainesville Times. “And I want to teach other kids to read at an early age, too.”
Having already reached the goal of the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program, Daliyah says her new goal is to read 1,500 books before she starts school next fall.