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


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ECBC’s Super Book Give-Away Was a Success!

ECBC had a terrific afternoon yesterday at our FIRST Super Book Give-Away alongside MaxLove Project at CHOC Children’s Hospital! We gave away approximately 70 books to hospitalized kids and their siblings, with our youngest recipient being 22 months and our oldest being a 14-year old boy who said he was allergic to reading but then found a book about Alcatraz that he walked away with eagerly. A CHOC nurse walked by and commented, “It is so great to see books in our lobby, I don’t think I’ve ever seen that!” And a parent of an oncology patient snuck away with a pile of books and whispered to me, “I have to home school my child now, but I always forget to bring books to the hospital. It is just never on my radar.” Both of these remarks confirm why we’re so passionate about ECBC’s mission to bring books and reading to hospitalized kids! It was so fun to put books in kids’ hands, see them reading in the lobby, and watch them walk away excitedly with a new book about a topic of interest!

Because we’re still waiting to get through CHOC’s lengthy volunteer on-boarding process in order to start “Reading Aloud in Every Room” (our bedside reading program), we are working on other ways to get books into the hands of patients NOW! We plan to join MaxLove Project regularly for their monthly BeSuper parties at CHOC, and we are working on setting up other ways to bring reading to CHOC as well (ways that don’t require volunteer approval). To be able to gift books to kids at these events, we need the new books to keep coming in — so PLEASE keep donating if you can. Here’s the link to our Wish List on Amazon — books purchased from this list will be sent directly to ECBC. 

Thank you to Kids READ!, Saddleback Educational Publishing, and PBS SoCal for providing the books for this event!


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Ethan’s August Title Talk (and July Thank-Yous)

Here’s Ethan’s August 2017 Title Talk (#8), the list of books he hopes will be donated to ECBC in the month of August! Please donate hardcover (for the permanent Lending Library) or paperback (for the Gifting Library for kids in isolation) versions of these books, or any new book, from ECBC’s Amazon Wish List and help us build a library at CHOC Children’s Hospital! Books will be sent directly to ECBC. The link to the wish list is: https://amzn.com/w/BLD7UEVPPPO

In this video, Ethan also thanks our July book donors, including Girl Scout Troop #4204, those who donated books via Amazon, donations made in lieu of gifts for a child’s birthday, and our awesome local bookstore (Once Upon a Storybook) customers for their ongoing monthly donations. Thank you so much to our donors for continuing to keep the book donations coming!

Click here for Ethan’s July Title Talk video.
Click here to purchase books to donate off our Amazon Wish List.


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Please Donate Storytime Huxley for Kids Battling Cancer!

Please check out Ethan’s video request for donations of Storytime Huxley — a plush bear who also tells stories! As part of ECBC’s efforts to bring reading to hospitalized kids, we want to gift Huxley to kids battling cancer and other life-threatening conditions! We also hope to include him in our Read+Think+Thrive boxes for SuperKids battling cancer around the country!

Huxley can be donated easily by clicking on the link to our Amazon Wish List. Huxley, and any other book donations from this list, will be sent directly to ECBC. 


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Ethan loved delivering a special Read+Think+Thrive Box today!

Ethan was SO happy to drop off a Read+Think+Thrive (RTT) Box for his fellow Leukemia Warrior buddy Carter at CHOC today! After 648 days of treatment, Carter found out two weeks ago that his Leukemia relapsed — so he is now back inpatient and starting this battle all over again at Day 1. Ethan received chemo at the Outpatient Infusion Center this afternoon, and then we walked the box over to the hospital lobby to be delivered to Carter’s room (we could not personally deliver it, since Ethan is immuno-compromised and Carter is in isolation).  Ethan was super proud of this box, because he got to personally curate the variety of great titles that went in it — including picture books, beginning chapter books, and a family chapter book read aloud. 

Books and reading gave Ethan more opportunities to think hard, connect with others, and travel to other worlds while he was in the hospital. What a joy it is to be able to share this with other kids!!

We’re behind you Carter!  READ, THINK, AND THRIVE!!!

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Carter opening the RTT Box after waking up from his spinal tap!!!


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Ethan’s July Title Talk (and June Thank-Yous)

Here’s Ethan’s July 2017 Title Talk (#7), the list of books he hopes will be donated to ECBC in the month of July! Please donate hardcover (for the permanent Lending Library) or paperback (for the Gifting Library for kids in isolation) versions of these books, or any new book, from ECBC’s Amazon Wish List and help us build a library at CHOC Children’s Hospital! Books will be sent directly to ECBC. The link to the wish list is: https://amzn.com/w/BLD7UEVPPPO

In this video, Ethan also thanks our June book donors, including those who donated books via Amazon, donations made in lieu of gifts for a child’s birthday, and our awesome local bookstore (Once Upon a Storybook) customers for their ongoing monthly donations. Thank you so much to our donors for continuing to keep the book donations coming!

Ethan also mentions his buddy Carter, a 6-year-old fellow Leukemia warrior who just received the devastating news that he has relapsed — meaning his Leukemia is back. Carter is back inpatient, beginning his battle again at day 1 (after 648 days of ongoing treatment). This (relapse) is the fear that all of us cancer parents live with daily, throughout treatment and for years beyond. Carter’s amazing community of support (called “CarterStrong”) is holding a “CarterStrong Bucket List Book Drive” to fulfill Carter’s bucket list wish (a kindergarten writing assignment) to “read lots of books this summer”. Carter is going to share the books that are collected with other kids who are currently on the oncology floor at CHOC, and the remaining books will be donated to ECBC. If you would like to donate in Carter’s honor, as a way to support Carter’s new fight, please indicate this in the gift message part of your order on Amazon. We’ll make sure the ECBC bookplate acknowledges that the donation is from you in honor of Carter!

Click here for Ethan’s July Title Talk video.
Click here to purchase books to donate off our Amazon Wish List.


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Ethan’s June Title Talk (and May Thank-Yous)

Here’s Ethan’s June 2017 Title Talk (#6), the list of books he hopes will be donated to ECBC in the month of June! Please donate hardcover (for the permanent Lending Library) or paperback (for the Gifting Library for kids in isolation) versions of these books, or any new book, from ECBC’s Amazon Wish List and help us build a library at CHOC Children’s Hospital! Books will be sent directly to ECBC. The link to the wish list is: https://amzn.com/w/BLD7UEVPPPO

In this video, Ethan also thanks all of our May book donors, including several Arroyo teachers whose classes donated books through the Scholastic Book Order program — a great way for schools to support a local cause! Ethan also thanks our awesome local bookstore,Once Upon a Storybook for their ongoing monthly donations (from loyal customers as well as from the store itself). Thank you so much to our donors for continuing to keep the book donations coming!

 

Click here for Ethan’s June Title Talk video.
Click here to purchase books to donate off our Amazon Wish List.


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Book Flash #4, Nanette’s Baguette (by Mo Willems)

Here’s Ethan’s Book Flash #4, his request for a specific title that he wants to make sure is in the library that ECBC is building at CHOC Children’s Hospital! The title of this featured book is Nanette’s Baguette, by Mo Willems. Please check out his video and consider donating this book or any of the other books on the ECBC Wish List on Amazon (link below).  Books purchased from this list will be sent directly to ECBC.  Thank you!

Click HERE for Book Flash #4.

Click HERE to go to ECBC’s Wish List on Amazon.