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A 4-Year-Old Has Read 1,000 Books?


Apparently it’s true—I hope it’s not Fake News… A 4-Year-Old Has Read 1000 Books?

Daliyah Marie Arana is her name.

The Washington Post says, in their article, Introducing Daliyah, the 4-year-old girl who has read more than 1,000 books (Whoa, I hope it’s not fake news...):

“…by the time she was about 18 months old, she was recognizing the words in the books her mother read her.”

“…at 2 years and 11 months — the age that most children barely understand the concept that text carries a message — Daliyah read her first book on her own.”

“Now 4 years old, Daliyah has read more than 1,000 books and has managed to read certain college-level texts. And the preschooler’s skilled reading and passion for literature impressed even the leader of the nation’s library, Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress.”

“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.”

BabyCenter Blog, in its article, This 4-Year-Old Was Honored for Reading 1,000 Books, says:

“A pint-sized bookworm from Georgia has read more books by age 4 than some people read in a lifetime – and because of it, the Library of Congress made her an honorary librarian….

“There’s no doubt the voracious reader was impressed by the sprawling rooms and enormous stacks at the world’s largest library.

“She just kept saying how the Library of Congress is her most favorite, favorite, favorite library in the whole wide world,” said Daliyah’s mother, Heleema Arana….

“In the year since, Daliyah met the program’s goal and now hopes to reach 1,500 books by the time she heads off to kindergarten in the fall. Her goal is to ‘help the teacher teach the other kids how to read.’…”

Gainesville GA The GainesvilleTimes, in its article, Gainesville Pre-Schooler Reads 1,000 Books, says:

“Daliyah said she likes learning about dinosaurs and reading books about adventure. Her favorite author is Mo Willems, whose books are targeted to children in pre-K through third grade.

“Haleema Arana said she and her husband, Miguel Arana, started reading to their daughter ‘right when she was born.’”

“Reading has improved Daliyah’s spoken abilities, as well. While her voice squeaks like the average 4-year-old, her language is vastly more mature.”

“When asked why she wants to be a librarian, Daliyah talks about her love of books, but her real hope is deeper.

“I like to check out books every day,” she said. “And I want to teach other kids to read at an early age, too.”

And, here is Daliyah reading  — (just below the video is the text of what she’s reading:-)

The Pleasure of Books
“The habit of reading is one of the greatest resources of mankind; and we enjoy reading books that belong to us much more than if they are borrowed. A borrowed book is like a guest in the house; it must be treated with punctiliousness, with a certain considerate formality. You must see that it sustains no damage; it must not suffer while under your roof. You cannot leave it carelessly, you cannot mark it, you cannot turn down the pages, you cannot use it familiarly. And then, some day, although this is seldom done, you really ought to return it. But your own books belong to you; you treat them with that affectionate intimacy that annihilates formality. Books are for use, not for show; you should own no book that you are afraid to mark up, or afraid to place on the table, wide open and face down. A good reason for marking favorite passages in books is that this practice enables you to remember more easily the significant sayings, to refer to them quickly, and then in later years, it is like visiting a forest where you once blazed a trail. You have the pleasure of going over the old ground, and recalling both the intellectual scenery and your own earlier self. Everyone should begin collecting a private library in youth; the instinct of private property, which is fundamental in human beings, can here be cultivated with every advantage and no evils. One should have one’s own bookshelves, which should not have doors, glass windows, or keys; they should be free and accessible to the hand as well as to the eye. The best of mural decorations is books; they are more varied in color and appearance than any wallpaper, they are more attractive in design, and they have the prime advantage of being separate personalities, so that if you sit alone in the room in the firelight, you are surrounded with intimate friends. The knowledge that they are there in plain view is both stimulating and refreshing. You do not have to read them all. Most of my indoor life is spent in a room containing six thousand books; and I have a stock answer to the invariable question that comes from strangers. ‘Have you read all of these books?’ ‘Some of them twice.’ This reply is both true and unexpected. There are of course no friends like living, breathing, corporeal men and women; my devotion to reading has never made me a recluse. How could it? Books are of the people, by the people, for the people. Literature is the immortal part of history; it is the best and most enduring part of personality. But book-friends have this advantage over living friends; you can enjoy the most truly aristocratic society in the world whenever you want it. The great dead are beyond our physical reach, and the great living are usually almost as inaccessible; as for our personal friends and acquaintances, we cannot always see them. Perchance they are asleep, or away on a journey. But in a private library, you can at any moment converse with Socrates or Shakespeare or Carlyle or Dumas or Dickens or Shaw or Barrie or Galsworthy. And there is no doubt that in these books you see these men at their best. They wrote for you. They ‘laid themselves out’, they did their ultimate best to entertain you, to make a favorable impression. You are necessary to them as an audience is to an actor; only instead of seeing them masked, you look into their innermost heart of hearts.”
William Lyon Phelps – 1933

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2 responses to “A 4-Year-Old Has Read 1,000 Books?

  1. JAPartridge January 18, 2017 at 9:50 am

    As a fan of the audio horror-comedy podcast Welcome to Night Vale, I find the idea of being transformed into a librarian–honorary or not–horrifying. Daliyah Arana would do better to imitate Tamika Flynn and use the terrible power of books to defeat the librarians. Then we could say “Well done, Daliya. Well done!” :)

    http://nightvale.wikia.com/wiki/Night_Vale_Public_Library

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    • Alexander M Zoltai January 18, 2017 at 11:07 am

      And, a magnificent Whoot! goes out to you, Mr. Partridge :-)

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