"We are already reading each night, but we thought it may be beneficial for children who won't get that luxury."

By Meghan Overdeep
July 17, 2019
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Sisters Zaria, 13, and Hailey Willard, 8, are spreading their love for reading one bedtime story at a time.

Since February, the sisters have been going live on their Facebook and Instagram pages "Zaria X Hailey" every night to share a library book of their choice with their growing legion of fans.

"We are already reading each night, but we thought it may be beneficial for children who won't get that luxury," Zaria told Good Morning America.

"We pick books with characters who look like us, because not a lot of kids see books with characters who look like us," she explained. "We read at 8 pm and split it up."

"Reading is good for you!" Hailey told GMA.

Little Hailey, the self-proclaimed personality of the duo, told Delaware State News that the experience has been fun.

"I mostly read Dr. Seuss books," she said. "It takes me into a whole different world when I'm lost in the book. In the videos I shine. I get a chance to put my personality in the book and act out the characters. It's really fun."

Mom Victoria told GMA that letting her daughters share their passion for reading with the world took a little convincing. "People are mean online," she noted. But in the end, she said realized that she couldn't hold her girls back from their mission to make the world a better place.

"I've been reading to them since they were in the womb," she said. "My house is full of books."

Victoria also shared that it's been a good way for the girls, who are currently working on authoring their own children's series, to stay busy and occupied. That's true not only during summer vacation, but when their father, who's in the Navy, is gone for weeks at a time.

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To help keep Hailey and Zaria safe and grounded, mom monitors their online profiles and doesn't allow cellphone use at the table or past 9pm. And most importantly, they're not allowed to let their new-found fame go to their heads.

"Whatever happens," Victoria said, "you still have chores to do."

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