Daliyah joined Georgia’s “1,000 Books B4 Kindergarten” program at the age of 2 and completed the challenge, her mother said. On Wednesday, the pint-sized bookworm donned a stylish pink dress and matching hair bow, visited the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and was named “Librarian For The Day.”
Daliyah's quest for knowledge and books afforded her the opportunity to spend the day at the world's largest library with the first woman and African American Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden. While there, Daliyah, who likes to check out books daily, served as Hayden's "Librarian for the Day".
Before Daliyah Marie Arana was even born, her parents say, she was learning how to read.
While she was pregnant with Daliyah, her mother would read books to her other young children on a daily basis. When Daliyah was an infant, she would hear her older brother reading chapters of books out loud in their Gainesville, Ga., home. And by the time she was about 18 months old, she was recognizing the words in the books her mother read her.
“She wanted to take over and do the reading on her own,” her mother, Haleema Arana, said in an interview with The Washington Post. “It kind of took off from there. The more words she learned, the more she wanted to read.”
“I like to check out books every day,” Daliyah told the Gainesville paper. “And I want to teach other kids to read at an early age, too.”