Daliyah Marie Arana was born four years ago to Haleema and Miguel Arana, and according to her parents, even before she was born, she was already learning how to read.
How? Well her mother Haleema says while she was pregnant with Daliyah, her mother would read books to her other young children on a daily basis.
Then after she was born, the infant Daliyah would hear her older brother reading chapters of books out loud in their home in Gainesville, Florida, USA.
By the time she was about 18 months old, she was already recognizing the words in the books her mother read her.
In an interview with Washington Post, her mother said: “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.”
At just 2 years and 11 months, while some children are still learning their A, B , Cs, Daliyah read her first book on her own.
She is 4 now, and she has read more than 1,000 books and even read university texts. Through the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, her mother got the idea to start counting the number of books Daliyah read.
Daliyah has met the program’s 1,000-book goal, and aims to reach 1,500 by the time she enters kindergarten next fall, when she hopes to “help the teacher teach the other kids how to read,” her mother said.
She is a regular at the local library, where she has her own library card, the Hall County Library in Gainesville.
Speaking to the local newspaper the Gainesville Times, Daliyah said: “I like to check out books every day. And I want to teach other kids to read at an early age, too.”
Daliyah caught the eye of Carla Hayden the 14th Librarian of Congress and the first African American to run the national library of the USA. Hayden was so impressed, she invited the 4-year-old and gave her a chance to shadow her as “librarian for the day.”
Wearing a pink dress and matching pink bow and her glasses, Daliyah walked with Haydenthroughout the day, exploring the world’s largest library and even sat in on executive roundtable meetings — as any high-profile librarian would do.
“She just kept saying how the Library of Congress is her most favorite, favorite, favorite library in the whole wide world,” Haleema Arana said.
Watch a video of Daliyah reading here: