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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Thank you Mrs. Kelly and classmates!

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Thank you to Ethan’s awesome 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Suzanne Tarnay Kelly, and his classmates for all the books you just donated to ECBC! Scholastic book orders are such a great and easy way for schools to get involved and help us build a library and reading program at CHOC Hospital!

To support ECBC through Scholastic, Mrs. Kelly stapled a brief note to the top of the Scholastic order forms asking parents to consider donating a book to ECBC as part of their order for their own kids. Parents ordered as they normally would, and then when the books arrived, kids put the books for ECBC in a box for ECBC. And, because of all the extra books that were purchased for ECBC, Mrs. Kelly earned more points to receive free books (which she chose to donate to ECBC, but teachers’ own libraries could also benefit from the extra points!).

We hope more teachers in Tustin and throughout Orange County will follow Mrs. Kelly’s lead!

Please click here to view Ethan’s thank you video.

 


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Ethan’s March 2017 Title Talk (and February Thank-You’s)

Here’s Ethan’s March 2017 Title Talk (#3), the list of books he hopes will be donated to ECBC in the month of March! 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 purchased off the wish list will be sent directly to ECBC.

A huge thank you to everyone who donated books in the month of February! And thank you so much to Serge Melkizian (my great buddy Andrew’s uncle), the Sherrill Family’s Super Bowl guests, and HarperCollins Publishers for your super generous donations in the month of February!

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


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Please Donate a Book in Honor of World Read Aloud Day

img_1426Today is World Read Aloud Day (WRAD), which aims to bring global attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories. I’m re-posting Ethan’s WRAD post from last year (click here to view), where he describes the importance of this day and reads aloud a favorite picture book. He also expresses his hope that on this day in 2017 (today!), all patients at CHOC Children’s are being read to. We’re not quite there yet, but we are getting closer to launching Phase 1 in the hospital, which is “Reading Aloud in Every Room”. Please consider donating a book from ECBC’s Amazon Wish List (click here) to help the kids at CHOC experience the joy and power of reading aloud!


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Thank you Sherrill Family!

img_1279 Thank you Sherrill Family for supporting ECBC at your Super Bowl Party last night!  (Click here to view Ethan’s thank you video.) img_1276

We are so honored that you made ECBC your charity of choice this year for your 50/50 raffle, and we appreciate the support so much! As we prepare to launch ECBC in the hospital this year, we need to start expanding our community of support beyond family and friends, so we’re thrilled that you shared our cause among your friends in El Segundo.

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Family and friends, please share this post and other ECBC posts, and help us spread the word about our efforts to build a library at CHOC Children’s Hospital!

 

Click here for Ethan’s February Title Talk video.

Click here to purchase books to donate off our Amazon Wish List.

 

 


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Ethan’s February 2017 Title Talk

img_1268Here’s Ethan’s February 2017 Title Talk (#2), the list of books he hopes will be donated to ECBC in the month of February! 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 purchased off the wish list will be sent directly to ECBC.

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

 


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Thank you to Mrs. Farquhar’s 1st Grade Class!

books-from-mrs-farquhars-class-vista-verde-jan17We would like to acknowledge a very special book donation that we received in  the month of January. One of the fantastic nurses at the CHOC Outpatient Infusion Center (where Ethan goes to receive his chemo and spinal taps) has a first grade son at Vista Verde Elementary School in Irvine. In December, that boy’s teacher, Mrs. Farquhar, expressed an interest in donating to a charity that involved kids and education, rather than receive holiday gifts from her students. So all of her amazing kiddos personally selected their own favorite books to purchase for ECBC, and they presented their teacher with 53 new books to be donated in honor of their amazing teacher (with special personalized stickers on each book). As you can see in these pictures, Mrs. Farquhar and her adorable students are so proud of their holiday donation! Thank you so much to Mrs. Farquhar, as well as her students and their parents, for choosing to donate to ECBC during the holidays. We are so grateful that you thought of us and can’t wait to share these books with the patients at CHOC! Since these are paperback books, they will go to our Gifting Library for patients in isolation who can’t borrow books from our Lending Library, and we really need more high-quality, high-interest titles such as these. Thank you!! mrs-farquhars-class

We hope that other classes and schools will find ways to donate books to ECBC too — we need the support of Orange County schools to build a hospital library for Orange County’s hospitalized kids!!mrs-farguhars-class-2

 


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Ethan’s Book Flash #1, The Other Boy (M.G. Hennessey)

416rnfpjmel-_sx329_bo1204203200_Here’s Ethan’s first “Book Flash”, 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! 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 #1.

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