Ethan & Choco's Book Club

Striving to make access to books and reading a core part of the care that SuperKids receive in the hospital, with the principal premise that literacy support for children fighting cancer and other life-threatening conditions can help promote cognitive development and social connections that are part of thriving through treatment and beyond


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Ethan’s March MOST WANTED BOOKS Video

Here is Ethan’s MOST WANTED BOOKS video for the month of March — which is a plea for book donations in an area of great need for ECBC. In this video, Ethan’s asks for books for teens and young adults. Please check out his video and consider donating. Books can be purchased and sent directly to Ethan & Choco’s Book Club by clicking HERE to access the wish list on Amazon.

We also still REALLY NEED Spanish language books (our Most Needed book type for the month of January) and board books (our Most Needed book type for the month of February). You can access these wish list by clicking on these links:
– ECBC Special Need Wish List: Spanish Books
– ECBC Special Need Wish List: Board Books

*Please keep in mind that we will ALWAYS need hardcover and paperback books for our permanent Lending Library and our special situations (including patients in isolation) Gifting Libraries at CHOC. The link to our General Wish List for our hospital libraries is ECBC’s General Wish List.

Thank you for supporting ECBC’s book and reading programs for hospitalized kids!


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A Successful Morning at PCRF’s Reaching for the Cure!

We had so much fun at Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation’s Reaching for the Cure race this morning. What a terrific event for such an important cause. It was really amazing to see so many people at one event all supporting pediatric cancer– MANY running for family or friends or even themselves who are currently battling cancer, survived cancer, or are no longer here. Ethan did a great job managing the spin wheel and giving out books and prizes while also sharing the mission of ECBC and spreading the word about BOOK IT! #2 (which will be on September 8th, 2019). A big thanks to Barry Ackerman/KIDS READ! for helping with our booth and providing gently used books to hand out to kids!

Ethan and I enjoyed walking the 5K as well, and we were especially thrilled when we realized that the event’s AWESOMELY ENERGETIC MC Andrea Kooiman is who we just hired to MC at BOOK IT 2019!!!


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Kids Helping Kids: Max’s Book Review Blog for Teens

Please check out my 8th grade nephew Max’s well-written and smart book review blog, called “Bookmarkers“!  Max has always loved to read and talk about books, and now he’s working on supporting ECBC with his blog and corresponding Amazon Wish List. Max reviews books for teens and young adults, which is a significant population of patients at CHOC yet the age group for which we have the fewest books! Please check out his blog, consider donating a book off his list, and even use this growing list for book ideas for your own teens!

Link to Max’s Bookmarkers blog: Click HERE
Link to Max’s Bookmarkers Wish List on Amazon: Click HERE

 

 


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Outpatient Infusion Center (OPI) delivery

Keeping these shelves stocked with books at CHOC Children’s Hospital OPI is fun!  These shelves were always empty for the 3.5 that Ethan received his outpatient chemo here! Nothing fancy and the easiest part of ECBC to keep going , but it’s just as rewarding as the other programs we do. Every time we return the shelves are empty — it’s good to know that at least a small part of kids’ visits might include some reading instead of screen time!!


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One Year Off Treatment

Friday was ECBC Co-Founder Ethan’s one year off treatment oncology visit and today marks the one year anniversary of his last day of chemo. Bloodwork and onc visits now get spread out a bit more as we start his second year off treatment, halfway through the two year window of the highest risk for relapse. Ethan is thriving— happy and healthy.
#Grateful.
#kickedcancersbutt
#GivingBackWithECBC


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Ethan’s February MOST WANTED BOOKS Video

Here is Ethan’s MOST WANTED BOOKS video for the month of February — which is a plea for book donations in an area of great need for ECBC. In this video, Ethan’s asks for board books. Please check out his video and consider donating. Books can be purchased and sent directly to Ethan & Choco’s Book Club by clicking HERE to access the wish list on Amazon.

We also still REALLY NEED Spanish language books, our “most needed” book type from the month of January. You can access this wish list by clicking HERE.

*Please keep in mind that we will ALWAYS need hardcover and paperback books for our permanent Lending Library and our special situations (including patients in isolation) Gifting Libraries at CHOC. The link to our General Wish List for our hospital libraries is ECBC’s General Wish List.

Thank you for supporting ECBC’s book and reading programs for hospitalized kids!


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Ethan’s New Book Review Blog

Ever since ECBC Co-Founder Ethan completed his “Book Look a Day” challenge in 2016 (366 books reviewed, recorded, and posted — while on chemo!), he has talked about wanting to start his own book review blog. While his book look challenge was difficult (an understatement, my husband and I wanted to end it after the first month, but Ethan wouldn’t let us), I think Ethan enjoyed the sense of ownership and pride that came with having his own project, his own personal way to contribute to ECBC. This past weekend he decided to put the work into creating his blog, and today he launched it with his first book review post. In typical Ethan-style, it wasn’t enough to just write book reviews — he needed to add a twist to make it extra challenging. So he’s trying to do rhyming book reviews, hence his title “Rhyming Raves of Ethan’s Faves”. He’s by no means a pro at writing in rhyme (especially rhyming reviews!), so this seems ambitious — we’ll see how long he lasts with this new project…

Please click here to check it out! Ethan plans to link each book he reviews with his own “Rhyming Raves” Wish List on Amazon, so if his blog readers want to donate the title to ECBC, they may do so by clicking on the link in his blog post. Thank you for supporting his new project! He’s hoping for a large following, so please share it if you can!!


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Ethan’s January MOST WANTED BOOKS Video

 

Here is Ethan’s MOST WANTED BOOKS video for the month of January — which is a plea for book donations in an area of great need for ECBC. In this video, Ethan’s asks for Spanish language books. Please check out his video and consider donating. Books can be purchased and sent directly to Ethan & Choco’s Book Club by clicking HERE to access the wish list on Amazon.

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*Please keep in mind that we will ALWAYS need hardcover and paperback books for our permanent Lending Library and our special situations (including patients in isolation) Gifting Libraries at CHOC. The link to our General Wish List for our hospital libraries is ECBC’s General Wish List.

Thank you for supporting ECBC’s book and reading programs for hospitalized kids!