7-year-old hands out books, shares passion for reading

By Shondiin Silversmith
Navajo Times

COTTONWOOD, Ariz., July 10, 2014

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TOP: Seven-year-old Dyatihi Benally and her mother Jeneda from Flagstaff hand out books during their book drive event at Cottonwood, Ariz.

BOTTOM: Community members surrounding the Cottonwood Chapter House picked up books from Dyatihi Benally's book drive.

Books are the only thing on seven-year-old Dyatihi Benally's mind this summer and she wants to share her passion for reading with anyone willing to pick up a book.

Benally held a book drive at the Tselani/Cottonwood Chapter House on July 3 during the "Just Move It" event where she handed out over 300 books for anyone willing to take them.

Benally said she wanted to have a book drive because she realized that kids didn't have as many books as she did to read.

It's important for kids to have books so "they can keep going to school and not stay in the same grade," Benally said, who reads at least one book a day.

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