This 4-year-old has read more books than you will ever read in your entire life

Narjas Zatat@Narjas_Zatat
Sunday 15 January 2017 14:30
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According to Pew Research Centre, the average number of books people read during 2015 was 12.

If you exclude those who read far more than 12, the average becomes approximately four, meaning most people will read roughly 200 in the space of fifty years.

Four-year-old Daliyah Marie Arana has already read 1,000 books.

So far.

Daliyah's mum read to her regularly, until, at 18 months old, she decided to read the books by herself.

Her mum told The Washington Post:

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.

Daliyah was two years and 11 months old when she read her first book entirely on her own, and she has been reading ever since.

Although Daliyah’s reading level has not yet been officially tested, her mum often gives her university-level text, which she reads with ease.

Here is Daliyah reading William L Phelps’ The Pleasure of Books:

On Wednesday Daliyah visited the Library of Congress, where she was given a personal tour of the giant library by Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress.

To say the grown ups are impressed, is an understatement...

Her mum decided to count how many books Daliyah read after coming across a reading program called 1,000 books before Kindergarten, which encourages children to read as many books as possible, before starting school.

Daliyah hopes to reach 1,500 books by autumn, when she is set to start school.

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