Some of our best memories growing up are of loved ones reading stories from our favorites books before bed. Unfortunately, not everyone has the benefit of being treated to a comforting story each night. With the help of the internet, two fearless girls are changing that narrative one night at a time.
Zaria and Hailey Willard are two sisters from Delaware who are spearheading a campaign to connect fellow book enthusiasts by hosting live reading gatherings every evening on various social media platforms.
"Sunday we go to the library and pick out books for the week," Zaria, 13, told Good Morning America Tuesday.
"We like reading because sometimes people can't read themselves or they're young or their parents don't have time."
Eight-year-old sister Hailey is a Dr. Seuss fan and told the morning show her favorite books by the late author are Green Eggs & Ham, Are You My Mother? and Go Dog, Go.
Convincing mom to allow them to start their own online community was no easy feat, but Victoria Willard said she eventually obliged after seeing her daughters' desire to start a movement rooted in positivity.
"I can't hold them back from that," Willard said.
Like any parent would, Willard does have stipulations on what Zaria and Hailey can do, regulations she refers to as "mom terms." Some of these rules include no responding to messages or comments before she sees them first and no devices at the dinner table and use of mobile phones after 9 p.m.
Their newfound venture has led to incredible opportunities. Willard says her two girls are developing their own children's book series.
"One is the writer and one is the illustrator ... it's about blended military families," she explained.
Onward and upward, Zaria and Hailey!