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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THANK YOU Fairmont Private School North Tustin!

A huge THANK YOU to Fairmont Private School North Tustin Campus for your donation of 139 books—all great, high-demand titles! A great success for a small school of only 300 students! And thank you Tina Jussal for coordinating the book drive! We are so grateful for your support! And even more grateful to learn that Fairmont wants to support us every year! (We need more Thrive Partner schools who support us annually). #schoolbookdrive #thrivepartnerschool #kidshelpingkids #readthinkthrive #thriveagainstcancer #cognitivehealth


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THANK YOU CARTERSTRONGFOREVER!

A huge THANK YOU to the CarterStrongForever community for yet another amazing book drive!
We just received 121 awesome books that were donated in honor of Carter — all selected from a specially curated list of books n memory of Carter because of their themes of kindness, humor, baseball, and superheros. CarterStrong bookplates have been affixed to all books, and we can’t wait to get these amazing titles into patients’ hands! Thank you Jamie and CarterStrongForever family and friends for your ongoing support and for allowing ECBC to play a small role in helping to keep Carter’s impact going strong.


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Outpatient Holiday Book Delivery!

Today, we delivered a TON (244, to be exact) of new December holiday-themed books to our mini-libraries at CHOC Children’s Outpatient Infusion (OPI) Center and CHOC’s Oncology Clinic! This allows all patients who visit the oncology clinic or OPI in the next few weeks to pick out a terrific holiday book — with choices ranging from lift-the-flap board books to Christmas- and other-holiday themed picture books to holiday-themed graphic novels, joke books, and chapter books for middle graders as well as teens and young adults. We also re-stocked our inventory of Read Think Thrive Bags for kids who are diagnosed with cancer.

We are STILL in need of more holiday-themed books to be able to offer them to kids on the oncology and neurology floor on the inpatient side in the coming weeks! If you would like to donate a book, please CLICK HERE to access our amazon wish list. All books will be sent directly to ECBC, and bookplates will be added with donor names.

THANK YOU for helping hospitalized kids thrive through the holidays with books and reading!


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The Beginning of Holiday Book Gifting!

With the start of December, ECBC began our holiday-themed book gifting to kids who are on the inpatient side of the hospital at CHOC. ECBC volunteers are wheeling around our gifting library cart (see below) to offer patients age-appropriate Christmas and other December holiday themed books — from Christmas-themed board books, picture books, joke books and graphic novels to contemporary holiday-themed fiction for teens and young adults. Since our volunteers were not allowed in the hospital last year due to COVID restrictions, we weren’t able to personally deliver any books to kids on the inpatient side. It’s so wonderful to be back to offering the kids choice and variety, which let’s them select based on their needs and interests!

We have enough holiday books to get us through this week, but we still need many more (for all book types and ages) to get us through the month and to also to give to kids who visit Outpatient Oncology, the Outpatient Infusion Center, and kids living at Miracle Manor (Miracles for Kids’ subsidized housing for CHOC families). To donate, please visit our December holiday wish list on Amazon by CLICKING HERE. You can also donate a new holiday book by visiting Arvida Book Co in Tustin and buying a book to put in their donation box.

THANK YOU for helping ECBC to help hospitalized kids thrive through the holidays with books and reading!


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THANK YOU Tarbut V’Torah for ANOTHER Amazing Book Drive!

Thank you TVT Lower School for hosting a book drive for ECBC again this year alongisde your school book fair! The book drive was a great success, with TVT students donating 266 terrific new books spanning all of the categories we need and including many high-demand titles. Thank you to the 5th graders for their hard work in promoting the book drive, and thank you to the team of parents who helped to coordinate it (Nuriya Ismagilova, Galina Kerenskaya, Christine Groner, Jessica Ardo, Andrea Katz). And a special thank you to TVT student and Leukemia survivor Liam Katz for delivering the books to us again this year!

We are so grateful for TVT for their annual support since ECBC’s first year of bookraising in 2016. Each year they have held tremendous book drives that are promoted by the students and that result in 200+ books — having raised well over 1000 books over the past five years. THANK YOU TVT for continuing to be a thrive partner school and being such an amazing model for how kids and schools can make a difference for other kids in our community!

 


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THANK YOU Jack & Jill Guild and Arvida Book Company!

A big THANK YOU to Arvida Book Co and the Jack & Jill Guild of CHOC Children’s Hospital for a successful “Happy Hour Book Drive” yesterday at Arvida!  In just a couple hours, 108 awesome new books were donated, including many holiday-themed books that will get delivered to patients over the next few weeks. A special shout out to Hoppy Meyer for her work coordinating the event. And a huge thank you to Arvida owners Sam and Mike for partnering with ECBC to help provide books for patients at CHOC!

Arvida will be collecting book donations throughout December, so please stop by the store if you can to purchase a new book to donate! It’s a huge win-win for all as you will also be supporting a truly awesome local Tustin independent bookstore with new and used books, a very cool coffee bar with terrific coffee, and cozy seating to hang and read and chat!

THANK YOU for your support in helping hospitalized kids to thrive through the holidays with books and reading!#holidaybookdrive #arvidabookco #ECBC #readthinkthrive #thrivingthrutheholidays #thriveagainstcancer #cognitivehealth


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Holiday Book Drive at Arvida Book Company!

It’s December, which means that over the next few weeks Ethan & Choco’s Book Club will be giving away a ton of holiday-themed books to kids who are inpatient at CHOC Children’s Hospital as well as to kids who are visiting CHOC’s Outpatient Infusion Center and CHOC’s Oncology Clinic. Please help by donating a December holiday-themed book! One way you can do so is by visiting Arvida Book Company in Old Town Tustin. Arvida is hosting an onsite book drive all month, where donors can purchase and donate new children’s and young adult books — a win-win for the store and for ECBC/CHOC! Also, please consider visiting Arvida Monday December 6 from 4:00-7:00 for Happy Hour Book Drive, hosted by Arvida and the Jack & Jill Guild of CHOC Children’s. You can buy a book to donate and stay for the Happy Hour with food for purchase from American Grub. Books can also be purchased via ECBC’s Holiday Book Wish List on Amazon — click HERE to access.

Thank you for helping kids thrive through the holidays with with books and reading!


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THANK YOU Grace Lutheran School!

A HUGE thank you to Grace Lutheran School for their donation of 200 new, fantastic books of all types, ranging from board books to picture books and chapter books to informational texts, graphic novels and teen literature. ECBC is especially grateful for the hard work of these 6th grade boys, who organized and conducted the school-wide book drive as their spring service project. The boys made flyers to distribute to school families, created their own video/commercial to share with all of the classes, made book collection boxes, ran book collection tables for the 12 day that they held the book drive. This is the first (and only) book donation that we received from a school during the 2020-2021 school year, so we are deeply appreciative. Thank you Grace Lutheran and especially this crew of terrific boys!.


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ECBC needs holiday books for kids living at Miracle Manor!

PLEASE HELP! ECBC needs some help so that we can provide literary treats for patients and siblings living at Miracle Manor, which is Miracles for Kids’ subsidized housing for CHOC patients (most of whom are currently battling cancer). Last year we were invited to attend their Christmas party, and we were thrilled to be able to provide storytime and books for every child living here. There’s no party this year per Covid, but we have promised the books! Our Miracle Manor wish list on Amazon has titles that have been specifically selected to match the age and interests of every child — we need every book on the list to be able to gift to every child! Delivery happens in 10 days — please help if you can! We also still need a huge number of books for our CHOC holiday book deliveries — see that link below too. THANK YOU for helping hospitalized kids to thrive through the holidays with books and reading!

CLICK HERE for Miracle Manor Wish List.

CLICK HERE for CHOC Hospital WIsh List:

All books purchased from these lists will be sent directly to ECBC and bookplated with donor names.


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ECBC’s Halloween Book Drive

This is the last week to donate to ECBC’s Halloween Book Drive for our annual BOO-KS for Treats at CHOC Children’s Hospital. Please click below to view Ethan’s video plug. You may CLICK HERE to purchase Halloween-themed books from our Amazon Wish List — all books purchased will be sent directly to ECBC and donor names written on bookplates.

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