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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Introducing Ethan’s Digital Read-Alouds for CHOC patients

Hi Ethan & Choco’s Book Club friends and supporters! Just a quick update from ECBC… CHOC halted all of our programs about two weeks ago due to the Coronavirus outbreak, since our programs all depend on our volunteers visiting the hospital. So, Ethan decided to create a read-aloud show (pre-recorded from home) where he shares his favorite children’s literature — to be broadcasted in patient rooms by Seacrest Studios (CHOC’s radio station). This way, ECBC can still bring high-quality read-aloud to hospitalized kids, and kids can still receive regular read-alouds that help them to escape, think, and thrive through treatment! Today, Seacrest Studios aired the first show! ECBC supporters, please share with your own kids if they are interested in listening to a good story! #StorytimeWithEthanandChoco #VisitorForBear #ECBC #ReadThinkThrive #ThriveAgainstCancer #StayStrongAndReadOn


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Thank you NCL and Fidelity!

A HUGE thank you to National Charity League’s North Tustin chapter for the 172 books that they donated, which were collected as part of their Tea and Fashion Show! And, another huge thank you to Fidelity National for the 150 books and wagon that they just donated as a result of the book drive they held in their office in the month of February. Both book drives used ECBC’s Amazon wish lists and yielded all high-quality titles that will be put to immediate use in our programs at CHOC Children’s Hospital. THANK YOU NCL and Fidelity, we SO appreciate your support! And thank you April Anderson and Makayla Turner for taking the lead in organizing these efforts!!

Fidelity National’s February Book Drive
NCL North Tustin’s book drive


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Ethan’s Thank You and Book Request Video – February 2020

Click image to view Ethan’ s February Thank You & Book Request Video

Here’s Ethan’s monthly thank you and book request video for the month of February. This year, each month Ethan is asking for the books that he requested in our initial year of bookraising for ECBC, back in 2016 — when he made a “Book Look video” of a favorite book on each day of the year, for 366 straight days. Please check out this video to learn more. The wish list (CLICK HERE) contains all of the titles that he requested each day of the month in 2016 and now again in 2020, with the number of copies of the title that ECBC still needs. As with all of our wish lists, all books purchased from this list will be sent directly to ECBC. If you’d like to check out the video book review plug that Ethan made four years ago for any of the books on the list, the links to each of the videos are provided below.

Thank you so much for supporting ECBC’s growing programs at CHOC Children’s Hospital!

Link to Amazon “Book Look” Wish List: CLICK HERE

Links to Ethan’s February Book Look video plugs from 2016


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February 2020 OPI book delivery

Re-stocking these shelves at CHOC’s Outpatient Infusion Center is always so fulfilling. Except for a basket of coloring sheets and crayons, all 14 of these shelf cubbies were always empty throughout Ethan’s treatment. We love being able to fill them regularly with quality children’s literature. # #OPIneedsbookstoo #ReadThinkThrive #ThriveAgainstCancer


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A Long Overdue Holiday Thank You!

A HUGE, long overdue THANK YOU to Mary Kay Viscounty and Perry Viscounty for collecting books rather than hostess gifts at your Christmas party in December. 100 terrific new books, plus a stash of Amazon gift cards. THANK YOU! We SO appreciate that you rallied your guests to support reading for kids at CHOC Children’s Hospital! And thank you to everyone who contributed! 


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A Strong Start to 2020!

ECBC has had a great start to 2020 with a month of lots of bedside reading and gifting of books to patients in isolation. We finished off the month this week with a super delivery of books to CHOC’s Outpatient Infusion Center as well as two Read +Think+Thrive Box/Bag deliveries to six and thirteen year olds just diagnosed with cancer. News of every single pediatric cancer diagnosis is so devastating , but we love that we are able to provide even just a tiny bit of joy through high-quality children’s literature and read-aloud experiences. So grateful for our awesome bedside reader volunteers and our committed community! #Community #ExpertBedsideReaders #ReadThinkThrive #ThriveAgainstCancer #ThriveThroughTreatment

If you haven’t had a chance to view Ethan’s January Thank-You and Book Request Video, CLICK HERE to access the post, video link, and Amazon wish list.


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Ethan’s Thank You and Book Request Video – January 2020

Click image to view Ethan’ s January Thank You & Book Request Video

Here’s Ethan’s first monthly thank you and book request video of the new year. As in the past, Ethan first thanks ECBC’s most recent donors. Then, Ethan asks for specific books that ECBC most needs. This year, each month Ethan will be asking for the books that he requested in our initial year of bookraising for ECBC, back in 2016 — when he made a “Book Look video” of a favorite book on each day of the year, for 366 straight days. Please check out this video to learn more. The wish list (CLICK HERE) contains all of the titles that he requested each day of the month in 2016 and now again in 2020, with the number of copies of the title that ECBC still needs. As with all our wish lists, all books purchased from this list will be sent directly to ECBC. If you’d like to check out the video book review plug that Ethan made four years ago for any of the books on the list, the links to each of the videos are provided at the bottom of this post.

Thank you so much for supporting ECBC’s growing programs at CHOC Children’s Hospital!

Link to Amazon “Book Look” Wish List: CLICK HERE

Links to Ethan’s January Book Look video plugs from 2016


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Thriving with Books and Reading in 2020

Happy New Year from ECBC! Slowly but surely, we are adding rich literature and read aloud experiences to the landscape of children’s lives at CHOC Children’s Hospital. With the support of our community in 2020, we plan to:

  1. Expand our Bedside Reading program so that it grows from two days a week and one floor  to three or four days a week and multiple floors, This would bring us a step closer towards our goal of offering high-quality read-aloud experiences to every patient every day they are in the hospital (which would meet the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics of fifteen minutes per day of reading — a practice that hospitalized kids, especially those battling life-threatening illness and not in school, so very need).
  2. Maintain our Mobile Book Cart program that provides new books to patients in isolation, also expanding to more days and more floors so that more patients have access to books. 
  3. Improve the Read+Think+Thrive Book Bag (from “box”) program so that (a) items are gifted in canvas bags rather than cardboard boxes (more functional, more sanitary); (b) book bags are more systemically reaching all new cancer diagnoses at CHOC; and (c) book bags reach more oncology patients beyond CHOC, such as at another children’s hospital in California or by online referral for kids diagnosed with cancer around the country. 
  4. Continue our book give-away events at CHOC, including our monthly Super Book Give Aways in the hospital lobby with MaxLove Project and our monthly deliveries to the Outpatient Infusion Center, as well as our special book gifting events including BOO-KS for Treats on Halloween and books and story time for CHOC patients living at Miracles for Kids’ Miracle Manor
  5. Launch Teens Thrive Reading Group, a new virtual book club for teens battling cancer, where teen patients read a featured book of the month and participate in an online book chat.  Teens will receive an “entry book” in the hospital, and thereafter participating members will receive Kindle e-readers and monthly e-books. The goal is to build the program at CHOC and then expand to include teen oncology patients throughout the U.S. 
  6. Develop additional ways to further enrich patients’ lives at CHOC through books and reading. Additional plans for 2020 include creating a Book Nook in the oncology playroom with access to high-quality books, volunteer-led story times and book-inspired crafting activities; hosting mini workshop sessions for CHOC parents with tips on reading aloud with their kids through treatment; and producing a radio show at CHOC’s Seacrest studios with read-alouds and literary-themed contests that are broadcasted in patient rooms.

The overall goal that underlies all that ECBC does is to help hospitalized kids thrive through treatment with high-quality books and literature-rich experiences. THANK YOU to our AWESOME community for being a vital part of our efforts! To support the needs of ECBC’s growing programs and help ECBC get off to a good start in 2020, you can:

  • Make a one-time or recurring monetary donation to ECBC. Click HERE
  • Purchase books from one of our wish lists on Amazon. Click HERE.
  • Plan to participate in BOOK IT 2020 on September 7, 2020 in Irvine — either as a walker/runner or as a sponsor. Please contact Fenny (fennykokenge@me.com) to learn more about sponsorship opportunities. 
  • Support ECBC while shopping on Amazon! Go to https://smile.amazon.com/ and select Ethan & Choco’s Book Club as the benefiting charity, or use this link which is already set up to support ECBC: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/83-2934289