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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BOOK IT 2020 Final Countdown: 4 DAYS TO GO!

The 27th way that ECBC helps hospitalized kids thrive is more of a “future way” that we hope to grow into — which is to help provide parents with the knowledge, tools, and inspiration to support their kids’ reading and cognitive health while in the hospital and through life-altering treatment. Until now, this has largely been through our bedside readers modeling for parents the importance of reading aloud as part of kids’ treatment, the types of books to choose, and how to read aloud in engaging ways that support them cognitive and emotionally. During their reading sessions, bedside readers have also had informal conversations with parents about these things. The hope for 2021/when our volunteers can return to CHOC in person is to host regular “Parents as Literacy Partners” workshops, which will be mini science-based seminar+discussion style sessions with guidance, practical tips, and materials for parents to use with their kids. We hope these will empower parents to make books and reading part of their daily hospital and home treatment plan! For now, ECBC has a “parent tips” pamphlet available to parents at CHOC (soon to be accessible on our website), which is our first go at starting this conversation more formally with parents. We are excited to expand from this into parent workshops as soon as we can!

If you haven’t yet supported BOOK IT 2020, please consider donating at a level that represents how you might have participated if we were in-person this year: cost of your registration to run ($40), cost of your family to run ($160 for family of four), online book drive donation (an additional $20 for a hardcover lending library book or $125 for a book bag for a new cancer diagnosis at CHOC).To donate, go to THANK YOU for supporting BOOK IT and helping to honor cancer warriors during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!

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ECBC is now in the final week of the BOOK IT 2020 virtual book drive — our online effort to fundraise and bookraise since we couldn’t have our onsite charity run this year. We are currently 2/3 the way to our fundraising goal — Please help ECBC keep going until BOOK IT 2021— next September! Hospitalized kids need books now more than ever, and we’re about to re-start some of our programs at CHOC in covid-modified ways. 

To wrap up BOOK IT 2020 as well as honor Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, each day of September I have been sharing a way that ECBC helps hospitalized kids to thrive with books and reading.  I will finish off the last week of BOOK IT with seven more days of thrive ways. For today, September 24th, the 24th way that ECBC helps hospitalized kids thrive is by offering high-quality nonfiction/informational text for patients of all ages. Nonfiction/informational text is so important for kids to read for many reasons, including because it helps build world knowledge, it can be matched to kids’ interests and hence facilitate positive attitudes about reading, it comprises the majority of reading that kids do across academic content areas and in “real life” so kids need to learn comprehension skills for success with informational text (which are different than narrative/stories).ECBC makes a hard effort, across all of our programs, to make sure that patients get some access to the nonfiction/informational books. However, we currently have very few informational texts. Please help!

If you haven’t yet supported BOOK IT 2020, please consider donating at a level that represents how you might have participated if we were in-person this year: cost of your registration to run ($40), cost of your family to run ($160 for family of four), online book drive donation (an additional $20 for a hardcover lending library book or $125 for a book bag for a new cancer diagnosis at CHOC).To donate, go to To donate a nonfiction book directly, go to ECBC’s BOOK IT Amazon wish list (CLICK HERE) and use keyword “nonfiction” in the search box to locate books. All books purchased from this list will be sent directly to ECBC. #BOOKIT2020 #nonfiction #infotext #books4choc #thriveagainstcancer #childhoodcancerawarenessmonth 

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30 Ways ECBC Helps Cancer Warriors Thrive Through Treatment: Day #22 of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September 22. The 22nd way that ECBC helps hospitalized kids thrive through treatment is by participating in larger hospital events by giving away books, hosting storytimes, and guiding patients in book-inspired crafts. For example, ECBC has a booth at CHOC’s annual Halloween event where patients trick-or-treat for books, ECBC brings its mobile book cart to MaxLove Projects monthly Be Super Parties in the hospital library to give away books and sometimes host a story time with craft, and ECBC participates in CHOC’s inpatient cancer survivorship day with book crafting ables and book give-aways. Having a presence at larger hospital events helps to fulfill ECBC’s mission to make books and reading part of the landscape of kids’ everyday care at CHOC. 

To support BOOK IT 2020 and ECBC’s participation in hospital events, go to to donate. Note that per hospital requirements, ECBC only gives away brand new books, so the cost of a book give-away booth even at just a couple hour event can be pretty significant. THANK YOU for helping to honor cancer warriors and hospitalized kids during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month! #BOOKIT2020 #books4choc #readthinkthrive #thriveagainstcancer #childhoodcancerawarenessmonth

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Storytime with Ethan & Choco: The Mightiest

Today’s storytime that aired at CHOC Children’s Seacrest Studios and broadcasted in patient rooms– written by a favorite picture book author of our family. To help ECBC go beyond our no-cost radio show to providing terrific books for hospitalized kids during covid, please go to to donate to ECBC’s virtual book drive.

Click above to view Ethan’s storytime

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Please Support the BOOK IT 2020 Virtual Book Drive!

Have you donated yet to ECBC’s BOOK IT 2020 Virtual bBook Drive?Due to COVID, we are unable to have our annual charity run. But our local hospitalized kids still need high-quality books and reading experiences! In fact, they need these now more than ever, with the usual CHOC volunteers, visitors, and entertainment suspended for safety reasons. We are working hard to fund our programs that don’t depend on volunteers entering the hospital — including our book bags for kids newly diagnosed with cancer and virtual book club sponsorships for teens that include a Kindle and a year’s worth of e-books (see below for all donation levels). Please donate if you can and help us continue to help hospitalized kids thrive through treatment! Make a monetary contribution at:

Click image above to donate

Even better, use this same link to “become a fundraiser” with your own BOOK IT donation page. Or, if you’d rather donate a book directly from our Amazon Wish List, click HERE. If you can’t donate, please help us spread the word by sharing this post!

BOOK IT 2020 Book Drive Donation Levels:

$20 Provide a hardcover book for bedside reading
$50 Provide 5 gifting library books for patients in isolation
$125 Sponsor a book bag for a new cancer diagnosis$250 Sponsor a teen with cancer for 1 yr in a virtual book clu
$500 Contribute 50 Halloween books for BOO-KS for Treats
$1000 Fund 1 month of Outpatient Infusion Center books

$2500 Sponsor one year of ECBC book storage space rental
$5000 Re-stock entire Mobile Gifting Library Cart

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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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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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Happy Holidays From ECBC!

Another great day at CHOC reading aloud and gifting holiday stories to oncology and neurology patients! We also delivered Hanukkah books and treats to CHOC’s Meditation and Prayer Center to add to their nightly Hanukkah celebration! May you read some favorite holiday stories this season and create cherished holiday stories of your own!

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BOO-KS for Treats #3 Was a Success!

ECBC had a BLAST yesterday hosting our 3rd annual BOO-KS for Treats at CHOC’s Halloween event! We gave away approximately 400 new high-quality Halloween-themed books to patients and their siblings who trick-or-treated at the hospital, and we then delivered another 100 Halloween books to CHOC’s Outpatient Infusion Center. This is a favorite event for ECBC — it’s so fun to be behind the thrill that kiddos (and their parents) express when coming up on our booth and realizing they get to pick out a wonderful book or two (or five!) to add to their stash of candy and trinkets!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Halloween book drive leading up to BOO-KS for Treats — which requires a large number of specific titles to be collected quite quickly! A huge thank you to the National League of Young Men Yorba Linda (Class of 2023) for the amazing collection of books that you donated for this event, and also for creating BOO-KS for Treats bookmarks and writing personal notes to patients — we handed these out with the books and they were a great addition to our booth! Thank you also to Arroyo families for purchasing Halloween books to donate at the Scholastic Book Fair as well as to Sharon and Tod Paris, Nick and Pat Kliebert, the Stubblefield family, Christine Russell, and Susie Alexander for their significant book donations. And, thank you to all other donors who sent books from our Amazon Wish list or dropped a book in ECBC’s book box. We so appreciate our community’s support in making this event happen!

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Triple Play Thursday!

ECBC had a fun and productive Thursday this week, getting books and reading to three different areas of CHOC! ECBC teamed up with MaxLove Project’s BeSuper Party for our monthly Super Book Give-Away in the hospital lobby, where we gave away books to patients and siblings of all ages. Next, we delivered books to the Outpatient Infusion Center, re-stocking their shelves with 150 new books. Finally, ECBC’s expert Bedside Readers read aloud to the Oncology and Neurology and patients on the 5th floor while also giving away books to patients in isolation using our mobile book cart. So fun to reach so many patients at CHOC today!