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

About ECBC

The goal of the Ethan & Choco’s Book Club (ECBC) is to make access to books and reading a core part of the care that SuperKids receive in the hospital. Click here to check out Ethan’s ECBC launching video! Three components define the vision for ECBC:

  1. To build SUPER libraries throughout CHOC Children’s Hospital, including a main library, book nooks in common spaces where patients spend time, mobile book carts that travel to patient rooms, and “mini-libraries” in patient rooms that display books that kids borrow. Libraries will be designed with features that inspire reading, such as utilizing thematic, open-faced shelving; comfortable seating; and high-quality mainstream and therapeutic literature.
  2. To implement high-quality read-aloud programming in common spaces and private patient rooms so that all patients have the opportunity to benefit from the effects of daily reading aloud during their hospital stay. Volunteers will be trained on how to select quality literature as well as how to read aloud to optimize engagement, dialogue, good thinking, and literacy skills.
  3. To create additional programming that uses reading-based experiences to connect SuperKids in the hospital to other kids, other interest areas, and the outside world. Examples of such programs include “Reading in the Kitchen” (group read alouds that inspire cooking),  “Let’s Read & Create” (group read alouds that inspire art), and ECBC Across the Curriculum (read aloud events that inspire thinking in academic areas such as math and science).

MLP-Ethan&ChocoIconYellow-FINALBy promoting literacy development, critical thinking through conversations around books, and opportunities for social connections, ECBC supports MaxLove Project’s goal of helping every child to thrive during treatment and beyond.


Click here to read about our story underlying the founding of ECBC!


The goal of our initial phases of fundraising is to raise enough money to give CHOC patients quick access to high-quality books as well as opportunities for daily read alouds performed by trained volunteers. Funds will go towards purchasing books for Lending and Gifting Libraries (hardcover and paperback, respectively); mobile gifting library book carts; specially designed mobile Lending Library book carts that function like lending libraries (e.g., with displays, outgoing and ingoing book areas, etc);  read-aloud wagons; and additional supplies such as ECBC book plates, bookmarks, parent materials; incentive program materials; marketing needs; and book sanitation products. It is estimated that approximately $20,000 is needed for this initial phase of fundraising.

ECBC is a MaxLove Project program, which is a nonprofit 501c3 organization, IRS identification number 45-3792057.


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