At just 5 years old, Sophia Moss, from Lake Charles, Louisiana, is making headlines for being a little bookworm like no other. No. Really. The kindergartner reads about 875 books a school year! Yeah, WOW. She told her local news station, WAFB, "A lot of the days I read books. It's just a couple days I don't read. I just like reading!" Awww!
She likes it so much that Mary Lanier, the librarian at her elementary school, says, "I told Sophia, I said we're going to have to order more books for T.S. Cooley Library because she's read so many of them and enjoys so many of them." Ha, how awesome is that?!
Of course, you're probably wondering who -- or what -- fostered little Sophia's appreciation for reading, right?
It sounds like her dad, Carl, played an integral role. He helped Sophia check out books every week from the school library starting at five books and working up to checking out at least 20 books each week. Yow!
What's more, Sophia even turned a book report into a project about her own work. She explains, "The book that I wrote that I made all by myself and my dad helped me make it." Love it!
For someone who was similarly totally obsessed with reading and -- like Moss -- writing, too, from the time I was 5, this has to be the most endearing story I've heard in a long time. I know that when I'm a mom someday, I'll aim to encourage my kids to be excited about reading, too. In fact, I'm sure lots of parents aspire to motivate their kiddo to be as passionate about cracking a book as Sophia.
Thankfully, inspiring a greater interest in reading can be as easy as heading to the library together on special days, reading aloud to one another, or getting kids reading the first book of a series they're bound to want to finish (i.e., Harry Potter is the most famous example, but there's also The Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osbourne, the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, etc.). Setting an example always helps, too, of course. You can talk about what you're reading with your kids, and ask them to share the parts they like about what they're reading with you.
I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of these helpful habits were what helped make Sophia the voracious reader she is -- and could help lots of kids be similarly psyched to read (or write!).
What do you think of Sophia's story? How do you motivate your kids to read more?