[UPDATED] Photo of pint-sized Washington Post reader goes viral

Credit: Amanda Nichols

The photo of two-and-a-half-year old Olivia Nichols reading the Washington Post Style section isn’t staged, says mom Amanda Jade Nichols. The little girl regularly “reads” the newspaper with her dad. “We read a ton, because that’s the kind of people we are — we have magazines and papers everywhere,” says Amanda. “She always picks up the paper — it’s the color photos that draw her to it.”

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UPDATE: McClatchy Washington Bureau senior photo editor Linda D. Epstein writes (and sends the photo below): “My son at 6 months did the same – and this wasn’t posed, because *I* am the one with my head buried in the sports page! This was back in 2004…”

UPDATE II: “This is our 2-year-old son Jack [below] a few months ago reading the sports section of The Sacramento Bee,” writes Sarah Jimenez, County Welfare Directors Association of California (CWDA) Communications & Outreach Coordinator. “I assure you this is not staged. You’ll notice he’s looking at a story about the Giants and Matt Cain. We’re huge Giants fans and daily newspaper readers. Looks like he’s been paying pretty close attention to our habits and hobbies.

“When he was a bit younger, around 18 months, he would regularly sit in the indoor recycle box of newspapers and look at the comics page.”