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 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.


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ECBC Update and Next Steps

oct-20-ethans-first-radio-show-bIt has been over a year since we launched Ethan and Choco’s Book Club (ECBC) with the MaxLove Project, and we are excited to share some of the highlights of 2016 as well as our anticipated next steps.  After launching ECBC on social media in December 2015, we quickly formed an amazing core team to start planning and fundraising, and shortly afterwards we received the green light from the CHOC Foundation to move forward with building a program at CHOC. We created a website, a fundraising page, a Facebook page, an awesome logo (thanks to artist Mike Kungl), and merchandise and promotional materials (thanks to graphic designer Emily Frye). And since then, we’ve been working hard to raise money, collect books, coordinate plans for starting up in the hospital, and build awareness and make connections in Orange County. Last year we raised over $15,000 in funds and collected over 5000 new books. Of these 5,000 books, 1500 are hardcover books for our permanent Lending Library, and 3500 books comprise the start of our Gifting Library — which is a separate collection of largely paperback books for patients in isolation who (per hospital protocol and infectious disease restrictions) cannot borrow books from the Lending Library. Ethan is proud that he completed Book Look #366 of his 2016 Book Look Challenge — his self-imposed challenge that he announced on the first day of 2016 to make a video of a featured bookthat he wants donated for every day of the year. Daily Book Looks were posted and linked to ECBC’s Wish List on Amazon, and books of all types and for all ages came in the mail almost daily all year long — making up the majority of our Lending Library to date. As part of our efforts to book-raise and build awareness, we set up our first booths at several events at Ethan’s elementary school, and then we enjoyed participating in larger events in the broader OC community, first at the Orange County Children’s Book Festival and then at a MaxLove holiday event at SOCO and the OC Mix in Costa Mesa. A few months ago, Ethan was inpatient for the first time in a while, which reminded him just how much books and reading are needed at the hospital. So he took advantage of being inpatient and spontaneously hosted a show on the CHOC radio station — where he introduced himself and his mission to build a library at CHOC, read aloud a few favorite books, and gave away about 30 books to patients. These were the first ECBC books to be put in the hands of kids at CHOC, and Ethan said “it was so awesome to finally get to share my love of reading with other kids at CHOC”! Near the end of the year, a terrific article about Ethan and ECBC was published on the front page of the Orange County Register (http://www.ocregister.com/articles/children-736490-books-book.html) — which was a definite highlight of the year and resulted in increased book donations and connections in the community. We finished the year with a Launch Party at the hospital, where we held storytime with five local wonderful children’s book authors, gave away 250 books to patients, and crafted books with MaxLove’s Therapeutic Arts program. It was awesome to end the year with so many books and so much reading happening in the lobby at CHOC!  img_0381

Without doubt, the greatest highlight of the past year was the tremendous support that ECBC received from so many individual donors, kids in action who created their own booths to raise money or conducted book drives at their own schools, teachers who organized class projects that resulted inbook donations, and support from our first book publishers and charitable organizations. We’re so grateful for the support of our most significant donors — Mary and Vaso Adzich, Jen and Jon Haft, Carol and Howard Hay, the Irvine Kiwanis Club, Kris Mauger/Burnham Insurance, PBS SoCal, Serge Melkizian/Quintus Investment Counsel, and the anonymous donors who generously gave at MaxLove Project’s 2016 Farm to Fork dinner. We’re also starting to create a growing list of ECBC Thrive Partners who have committed to providing ongoing financial or book support. Our initial Thrive Partners include Sharon and Tod Paris, Barry Ackerman, KidsRead and Milk & Bookies (two terrific nonprofit organizations that give books to kids in need); the local Tustin bookstore Once Upon a Storybook (which collects books in the store daily and joins us at many community events); Saddleback Educational Publishing; Girl Scout Troop #3115; Coventry Court Health Center; and Tarbut ‘V Torah Community Day School (our first Orange County School to commit to book-raising on an annual basis for ECBC after holding a very successful book drive in December).  We are so honored to have received so much support in our first year! img_0385

With a successful year behind us, we are excited for 2017!  We just received approval of a new volunteer position in the Child Life Department at CHOC — called ECBC Bedside Reader. This means that we can now finally start the four to five month hospital volunteer approval process, with a goal to launch Phase 1 of ECBC, called Reading Aloud in Every Room, midway through 2017. By the end of 2017, we hope to launch Phase 2, “Books in Every Room”, which is our Lending Library on mobile book carts. We will continue with our efforts to collect new books, and Ethan plans to do a monthly Title Talk (click here to check out his first Title Talk) that shares on social media the titles of some of the books that we need for the library (which will continue to be linked to our Wish List on Amazon). In the coming months as we are preparing to start the first two phases of the program in the hospital, we hope to renew momentum for financial donations after focusing much of the past year on collecting books and resolving organizational matters. We will be establishing new financial goals and plan on reaching out to our past donors and other potential individuals and organizations to help us meet them.  We will also be working hard to continue to form enduring partnerships with individuals, schools, corporations, and both youth and adult charity groups, since the unique demands of a hospital-based library mean that we will have significant built-in loss of books (largely due to the gifting of books to all patients in isolation). Just to be able to read aloud to kids in isolation means gifting books to them!  Creating a sustainable library at CHOC will depend on significant ongoing support from the community, so we hope this year many more ECBC Thrive Partners will join our efforts to bring reading to Orange County’s hospitalized kids! (You can click on the link to the fundraising site below to make a one-time or recurring donation.)  We hope that 2017 will close with the first two phases of ECBC off the ground, patients enjoying books and reading on a daily basis, more partners and significantly more funds, and the road paved for us to start thinking about our long-term goal of building a stand-alone full-service library for CHOC patients.  Just recently, Ethan commented “how cool it is that ECBC started out as just an idea, then a dream…and now it’s actually happening.” We can’t wait to continue to make strides in 2017 to make books and reading a core part of the care that CHOC patients receive!

Sincerely,

Ali Posner (ECBC Co-Founder)
Ethan Posner (ECBC Co-Founder and Leukemia Warrior),
and the ECBC Team.

To learn more or support ECBC:

Ethan Posner, 9,  in the area where he tapes his YouTube book reviews. Ethan Posner was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2014 and found reading to be great solace while hospitalized at CHOC.  Ethan started both a lending and gifting  library called Ethan and Choco's Book Club at CHOC . The family has collected over 6,000 books. He also continues his cancer treatment.  Posner was photographed on Monday, November 7, 21016.  (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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Ethan Posner, 9,  was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2014 and found reading to be great solace while hospitalized at CHOC.  Ethan started both a lending and gifting  library at CHOC called Ethan and Choco's Book Club. The family has collected over 6,000 books. He also does daily short video book reviews on YouTube and continues his cancer treatment.  Posner with a donation box built by his father. Photo taken on  Monday, November 7, 21016.  (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

 

Ethan Posner, 9, with some of the 6,000 books he and his family has collected. Ethan Posner was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2014 and found reading to be great solace while hospitalized at CHOC.  Ethan started both a lending and gifting  library at CHOC called Ethan and Choco's Book Club.  He also  does short daily video book reviews on YouTube and continues his cancer treatment. Posner was photographed on Monday, November 7, 21016.  (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)


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Ethan’s January 2017 Title Talk

img_0938Happy New Year! With the new year, Ethan’s 2016 daily Book Look Challenge is complete. It was such a great success, as his 366 “Book Looks” resulted in books in the mail from Amazon daily all year long and around 1400 hardcover books for ECBC’s Lending Library! We are so grateful to everyone who donated books in 2016!

As Ethan explains in the attached video (January Title Talk), we still need a ton of books! In fact, we will always need books coming in to create and sustain a library at CHOC — especially since the unique demands of a hospital-based library mean that there will be significant loss of books and an ongoing need to replace them. So, in 2017, Ethan will be giving a Title Talk at the beginning of each month, where he will share a list of children’s book titles that were not featured as a “book look” last year and that he (or his siblings) want for the library. Like last year, each published Title Talk will include a link to our Amazon Wish List, so that the titles he asks for can be purchased and sent directly to ECBC. Last year, we asked primarily for hardcover books, and we continue to need hardcover book donations to keep expanding our collection of books for the Lending Library. However, we are also now asking for paperback versions of these fantastic titles. We are currently preparing to launch Phase 1 of ECBC at CHOC, which is “Reading Aloud in Every Room”. The plan is to use our high-quality books from the Lending Library to read to the patients, but in order to include the kids in isolation (who are contagious and not allowed to borrow books), we need to create a Gifting Library of paperback books that can be read aloud and then gifted. So please think about donating both hardcover and paperback books, as we very much need them both!

Thank you so much for your continued support!

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

 


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Ethan’s Daily Book Look #366

61glnlshkjl-_sy451_bo1204203200_Mission Complete! Here’s Ethan’s last Book Look of his 2016 Daily Book Look Challenge — #366! The title of today’s book is A Poem for Peterthe Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day (by Andrea Davis Pinkney). If you’re interested in donating this amazing book or other books to help ECBC build a library at CHOC Children’s Hospital, you can click here to access ECBC’s Wish List on Amazon.com.  Items purchased from this list will be sent directly to Ethan & Choco’s Book Club.

We are so deeply grateful for our December book donors (names mentioned in the video) as well as for everyone who watched Ethan’s videos and donated books this year. Ethan was hoping to receive an average of one book per day of the year, and we ended up with 1400 new hardcover books from Amazon customers for our Lending Library! What a completely awesome start we have for launching Phase 1 of ECBC in 2017!

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Thank you so much Alysha Stout for donating so many books on behalf of your mother-in-law Merry for Christmas this year — what a wonderful gift and we are so grateful!

Click here for Book Look #366 video.
Click here to purchase books to donate off our Wish List.

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Celebrating the end of 2016 / end of Daily Book Look Challenge!

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The recording scene for 366 straight days!