The Bookworms

Board of Directors

David Borden

Lynne Farrington

Milena Kazakov

Sibylla Shekerdjiska-Benatova


Advisory Board

Jon Bekken

Regina Monique Bynum

Jeffrey Cooper

Erin Cross

Jayne Downing

Tamika Easley

Linda Kim

Kristen Littles

Richard Liuzzi

Leonard Marcus

John Pollack

Ellen Rosen

Barbara Traister



Sibylla Shekerdjiska- Benatova — Executive Director

Soyoung Jung – Senior Assistant Manager

Boyana Siromahova – Treasurer, Assistant Manager

Emily Orengo-Castro – Program Manager

Minnie Jung – Program Manager


Sibylla Shekerdjiska-Benatova

A Book A Day Founder & Executive Director

Building libraries and collecting books is a passion best shared. My hope is that our selection of books will promote an appreciation for children’s literature and will develop visual literacy among young readers.

Soyoung (So) Jung

Senior Assistant Manager

So graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2019 with a Master’s degree in Social Policy. She joined A Book A Day in 2018 because she believes in equal access to opportunity and the program strives to do just that for schools in West Philadelphia. Every child deserves to have brand new books in their hands to read and learn from. So finds this program extremely rewarding because it offers chances to children who may be disadvantaged due to financial hardship, ethnicity, etc. or those who do not have easy access to a home library or up-to-date books. As an immigrant who came to this country at the age of four, So hopes that with her studies in policy, she will continue to contribute her knowledge and experience to make solid improvements to equal opportunity and awareness to the importance of children’s literature. Asides from A Book A Day, So works for a nonprofit that focuses on the aging community in Northeast Philadelphia.

Boyana Siromahova


Originally from Sofia, Bulgaria, Boyana completed her higher education in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. After spending ten years studying and working there, Boyana moved to Salzburg, Austria. During her years in The Netherlands, Boyana was a volunteer in the English Academy for Newcomers in Utrecht, The Netherlands – non-profit organization aiming at supporting refugees improve their skills in English and receive guidance and mentorship in finding the right study and/or career path for themselves in Western Europe. Joining A Book A Day is an experience, which resonates with Boyana’s view on the importance of giving a fair start and opportunity to all children, regardless of their social or economic background. The program is all about pursuing curiosity, letting go of the boundaries we often find ourselves into, and has a unique way of introducing young people to a world where ideas are created and most importantly – never impossible. Education is very close to her heart, and she stands grateful and proud to be part of the team.

Minyoung Jung

Minnie is currently a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania at the School of Social Policy and Practice (’21). She has dedicated her education to social justice work and plans to continue uplifting minoritized communities both within her personal life and professional goals. She has spent the majority of her undergraduate career in grassroots organizing for Asian American and Pacific Islander advocacy at the East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) and the Korean American Grassroots Conference (KAGC). She urges you all to have confidence in your voices and stories, be curious about your roots and histories, practice empathy, and stay informed about marginalized identities within the systems where you have privilege. Education has somehow, over time, evolved into a unilinear and one-dimensional narrative – we need to remind ourselves and those around us that despite educational attainment or social status, everyone has an important story to tell and has the right to be seen/educate the world around them.