If you’re anything like me, you might currently be drafting a mental list of all those New Year’s resolutions you’re definitely maybe gonna do come January. Work out more? Eat healthier? Those are usually on my list. Plus reading — I love to read, and every year I promise to make more time for it and finally commit to reading all those New York Times bestsellers I’ve been meaning to check out.
If you need a little extra inspiration to up your own reading game this year, 4-year-old Caleb Green of Chicago can be that driving force for you, as he recently read 100 books in one night.
Yes, you read that right: A 4-YEAR-OLD read 100 books. In ONE NIGHT.
Not for nothing, but some people don’t read 100 books in a year. Others don’t read 100 books in their lifetime. And little Caleb rocked it out last Saturday night like it’s NBD.
Caleb’s dad Sylus initially heard of his son’s plan and thought it was impossible.
“I was like, ‘100, son? That’s a lot of books,'” he recalls. “So at first, I had the gut reaction to talk him down a little bit, but he was like, ‘No, I want to read 100.’”
Man, I hear ya, Sylus. I can’t tell you how many times my kids come up with grand notions and lofty ideas and I immediately brainstorm all the ways I can bring them back down to earth. But kudos to Caleb’s parents, because when he persisted, they got on board. Okay, 100 books it is, they told their son.
Sylus tells Babble that their entire family is “passionate about reading”, so that may have influenced their choice to support Caleb’s ambition. And it also led them to share his reading marathon — which lasted a whopping NINE HOURS (with a few breaks and dance parties included) — after every 10 books on Facebook live. (Sidenote: Caleb’s mom and dad have to be the most patient parents ever.)
And if this story wasn’t amazing enough, the Green family has responded to Caleb’s video going viral by paying it forward and starting a book drive. Their goal is to collect 10,000 books to donate to local schools.
“It is up to us to instill the love of reading in our youth,” Sylus says in his Facebook post.
Reading 100 books in a day at 4 years old is quite the impressive feat. Caleb’s dad tells Babble that his son loves reading books about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, super heroes, and animals. When asked what he wants to do with his life when he’s older, the adorable little bookworm responded, “I want to be a basketball player. When I am 22 I want to be an astronaut and when I’m 23 I want to be a Ninja Turtle!”
I LOVE HIM.
Caleb’s proud dad tells Babble that he and the rest of their family are in awe of the love the nation is showing their son. He also says Caleb has pushed him to set goals that might make him feel uncomfortable. Caleb has taught him that “we are capable of far more than we an imagine if we just try.”
And that lesson was taught to this dad by a 4-year-old.
Hope the Green family has a library card because that boy is going places. And books are taking him there, which is the best way to travel the world.
If you’d like to donate to the Green family’s book drive, you can learn more right here.