5-year-old Sophia Moss is a kindergarten student with an extraordinary talent and passion for learning. Sophia has read 875 books in one school year.
“It started with Elmo, and then we had a DVD of Hooked on Phonics and she just loved it and started watching it at 2-and-a-half years old,” father Carl Moss says.
She may have discovered her passion by reading about Elmo, but she has moved on to read about every book supplied to her at the T.S. Cooley Elementary Magnet School library in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
“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,” librarian Mary Lanier explains.
According to ABC News, Moss has been reading for a year and a half, after first mastering vowels then going on to form her own phrases.
“She learned her phonics, so we did sight words, and then we went to the LeapFrog books that we got at Wal-Mart. Short vowels, long vowels, and probably by 3-and-a-half she was sight reading and doing small, small sentences,” Moss adds.
The proud father borrows books at the library on a daily basis. He used to get a small number, but his daughter is going through them very fast.
“Every day when I brought her to school in the morning, I’d go get her like two or three books, and the librarian suggested, ‘Why don’t you get five?’ and then she said, ‘Why don’t you get 10?’
“The library at T.S. Cooley is excellent. I carried a little blue bag with me, and I’d go and refresh her books to bring home with her,” he describes.
Sophia sometimes reads six books per night, and her parents have already envisioned a future career in law for her.