They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, and for 5-year-old Sophia Moss, that would be true.
Upon looking at her, you’d never believe little Moss, a kindergartner, actually read a total of 875 books this school year. But she did, and her school, T.S. Cooley Elementary Magnet School in Lake Charles, La., is having a hard time keeping up.
“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,” school librarian, Mary Lanier, told WAFB in Baton Rouge.
Sophia’s father, Carl Moss, 53, says her love for reading started with Elmo, and quickly grew into a full-fledged obsession for page-turning.
“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,” Moss told GoodMorningAmerica.com. “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 loves encouraging his daughter’s reading because he sees how much joy it brings her.
“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.”
Sophia’s favorite books to read are the Curious George series, but admits she really enjoys plenty of other books, too.
“I just like reading,” Sophia said. “Reading makes me happy. I read like six a night.”
Now that school is out for the year, Moss says Sophia’s reading habits have slowed down a bit because they’re busy traveling. But with an upcoming trip to the Ukraine to visit where her mother is originally from, the plane ride will hopefully allow for plenty of book time.
And as for Sophia’s bright future, her father already has high hopes for his daughter.
“I want her to be an attorney,” he said.