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Meet Daliyah The 4-Year-Old Girl Who Has Read Over 1,000 Books

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Have you ever met a 4-year-old that has read more books than you? Well her name is Daliyah and she is the epitome of black girl genius as a toddler in her buggies.

Her parents say that she has been reading since before she was born. Daliyah’s mom would read books to her older brothers and sisters while she was pregnant with her. While Daliyah was an infant her older brother would read books out loud and by the time she was 18 months old she was able to recognize words from the books, her mother would read her.

“She wanted to take over and do the reading on her own. It kind of took off from there. The more words she learned, the more she wanted to read.” – Haleema Arana via The Washington Post

At 2 years and 11 months, Daliyah read her first book on her own. Most children can barely understand the concept that text carries a message at this age, so this is mind blowing.

Today the 4-year-old has read more than 1,000 books varying from elementary to collegiate levels. This caught the attention of Carla Hayden the first woman and the first African-American to run the nation’s library. She is the nation’s library and the 14th Librarian of Congress. Earlier this week Hayden brought Daliyah to shadow her at the Library of Congres as the “librarian for the day”.  Dailyah’s hair was on “fleek” with the cutest pink dress, pink bow, and white glasses.

“She just kept saying how the Library of Congress is her most favorite, favorite, favorite library in the whole wide world.” – Haleema Arana (Daliyah’s mother)

Daliyah has her own library card and is frequent at her local library, the Hall County Library in Gainesville. Her mission is to teach other kids to work at an early age. Haleema got the idea to start counting the books that Daliyah reads through the 1,000 books Before Kindergarten Program started by her mother, Haleema Arana. Haleema started the program after Daliyah had read about 1,000 books in efforts to help other children do the same.

Check out Daliyah reading “The Pleasure Of Books” a college level text below:


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