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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30 Ways ECBC Helps Cancer Warriors Thrive Through Treatment: Day #6 of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Sept 6: The 6th way that bedside readers help hospitalized kids thrive through treatment, in addition to providing quality social interactions (see Sept 1 post), is by boosting children’s thinking and literacy skills. Reading is fundamental to cognitive health and thrivership for all kids, yet it is especially important for cancer warriors who are often missing significant school and literature-based instruction, have a type of cancer that directly impairs cognition, and/or are receiving types of treatment that have long-term cognitive impacts. ECBC’s expert bedside readers know how to model and scaffold good thinking while reading aloud, so that the reading session is not just a one-way interaction but a two-way dialogue with reader and listener together predicting, making text-based connections, and thinking deeply about the text.

To support ECBC’s bedside reading program, go to www.runsignup.com/BOOKIT2020 — donate $20 for one bedside reading book, or donate $600 for a full wagon of bedside reading books which are rotated monthly (30 books).


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30 Ways ECBC Helps Cancer Warriors Thrive Through Treatment: Day #4 of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

The 4th way that ECBC helps hospitalized kids thrive through treatment is by providing kids at CHOC who are newly diagnosed with cancer a Read Think Thrive (RTT) Bag. The RTT Bag is a canvas tote bag filled with 10 high quality books curated by age and gender of the child, a “Read Think Thrive Challenge” with art supplies and blank literary-themed materials (i.e., blank books, blank comic books) to inspire recipients to respond creatively to the books, and various other ECBC/book themed items (e.g., bookmark, book light). The bag comes with a letter from Ethan that shares his experience with reading through his cancer treatment and encourages kids to make reading (and thinking/talking about books) part of their cancer journey. Ethan reminds the recipient that the tote bag that the supplies come in can be used in future hospital visits to always bring books with them to the hospital. The hope is that this Bag will help cancer warriors make books and reading part of their everyday tools that help them thrive through treatment.

To support ECBC’s Read Think Thrive Bag program, go to https://runsignup.com/BOOKIT2020. $30 funds the art supplies that come in the bag, and $125 sponsors one filled book bag with art supplies, books and other items. THANK YOU for supporting BOOK IT and helping to honor cancer warriors during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!


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Storytime with Ethan & Choco: Escargot

Today’s storytime that aired at CHOC Children’s Seacrest Studios and broadcasted in patient rooms– a cute story with a great message. To help ECBC go beyond our no-cost radio show to providing terrific books for hospitalized kids during covid, please go to www.runsignup.com/BOOKIT2020 to donate to ECBC’s virtual book drive.

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30 Ways ECBC Helps Cancer Warriors Thrive Through Treatment: Day #2 of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

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September 2: Through ECBC’s mobile gifting library cart, ECBC’s volunteers gift books to CHOC patients who are in isolation and not able to leave their room to enjoy other areas of the hospital (i.e., the radio station, movie theatre room, Family Resource Center). The cart has high-quality books for all kids from infants through teens and young adults that range in topic and genre to meet kids’ varying interests and reading levels.

To support ECBC’s mobile library cart for patients in isolation, CLICK HERE — $10 provides a new gifting library book, $50 provides five new books for the cart, and $5000 re-stocks the entire cart!

THANK YOU for supporting BOOK IT and helping to honor cancer warriors during this month!


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It’s September! Please Support BOOK IT 2020 in Honor of Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month!

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If you haven’t yet supported ECBC’s BOOK IT 2020 Virtual Book Drive, please consider doing so now! ECBC was born out of Ethan’s experience at CHOC Children’s Hospital while battling Leukemia — where he noticed that books and reading were so grossly missing from patients’ lives at the hospital yet felt so deeply that they helped him to escape, connect, think, and thrive through treatment. Please help ECBC keep on going with its mission to bring books and reading to all hospitalized kids and especially oncology patients — we can’t do this without our community’s support!

While ECBC’s volunteer programs at CHOC have been on hold due to Covid, we are gearing up to launch Covid-modified programs that don’t require volunteers (with the awesome help of CHOC’s outpatient oncology nursing team). This includes delivering ECBC’s Read Think Thrive Book Bags to every cancer diagnosis (via the nurses, rather than our volunteers);establishing a mobile gifting library cart on the outpatient side to deliver a book to oncology patients whenever they visit OPI for an infusion or the oncology clinic; building a virtual book club for teen cancer warriors that includes giving them Kindles and monthly e-books; and gifting themed books to patients during the holidays (including Halloween, December holidays). To proceed with these plans, and also to sustain our regular programs once we are given the green light to bring our volunteers back, we desperately need to raise more funds!

The BOOK IT 2020 fundraising campaign was set to end Monday September 7th, which was the original date of the onsite BOOK IT 2020 run. Since we have raised only 1/3 of our goal and we are committed to our new covid-inspired plans with CHOC, we are extending the virtual campaign through the month of September. In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, each day of September we will share one specific way that ECBC helps kids to thrive — in hopes that you will pick one way that resonates with you and help fund it! Please help if you can — ECBC needs it more than ever, and so do the kiddos stuck in the hospital (without the usual volunteers and diversions per covid rules!).

Here’s way #1 that ECBC helps hospitalized kids thrive through treatment:

Through our amazing inpatient bedside reading program, ECBC gets kids to put down their screen for 15-30 minutes in order to connect with a bedside reader who is 100% present, engaging , and eager to have a literature-inspired social interaction.

To support ECBC’s bedside reading program, please CLICK HERE — $20 provides a hardcover (easily cleanable) book for our Lending Library and bedside reading program.

THANK YOU for supporting BOOK IT and helping to honor cancer warriors during this month!


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Storytime with Ethan & Choco: Cloudette

Today’s storytime that aired at CHOC Children’s Seacrest Studios and broadcasted in patient rooms– a cute story with a great message. To help ECBC go beyond our no-cost radio show to providing terrific books for hospitalized kids during covid, please go to www.runsignup.com/BOOKIT2020 to donate to ECBC’s virtual book drive. #storytimewithethanandchoco #cloudette #thriveagainstcancer #staystrongandreadon #bookit2020

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PLEASE Help! Last 3 weeks of BOOK IT 2020 Book Drive

We are in the final three weeks of ECBC’s BOOK IT2020 Virtual Book Drive, and we have currently raised only about 25% of the funds that we need to keep providing books and reading to patients at CHOC. Although we are unable to host our annual charity run, our local hospitalized kids still need high-quality books and reading experiences. In fact, they need these more than ever, with the usual CHOC volunteers, visitors, and entertainment completely suspended for safety reasons. We are working hard to fund our programs that don’t depend on volunteers entering the hospital — including book bags for kids newly diagnosed with cancer, virtual book club sponsorships for oncology teens that include a Kindle and a year’s worth of monthly e-books, books for cancer patients to receive at each visit to the Outpatient Infusion Center, and books for special deliveries during the holidays (e.g., Halloween, Christmas). While most of our usual programming has happened through inpatient/child life, we are so excited to now be partnering with CHOC’s outpatient nursing and oncology clinic staff to make these deliveries happen in a safe manner. CHOC has asked ECBC to resume these programs in September to help support Childhood Cancer Awareness Month — so we really need help with funding to make this happen!

Please donate if you can by: (1) making a monetary contribution at www.runsignup.com/BOOKIT2020 or (2) using this same link to “become a fundraiser” with your own BOOK IT donation page. If you can’t donate, please help us spread the word by sharing this post!

Read Think Thrive Bag, for kids newly diagnosed with cancer

THANK YOU FOR HELPING ECBC HELP HOSPITALIZED KIDS THRIVE WITH BOOKS AND READING!


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Storytime with Ethan & Choco: Strega Nona

Today’s storytime that is airing at CHOC Children’s Seacrest Studios and broadcasted in patient rooms– a must-know classic and family favorite. To help ECBC go beyond our no-cost radio show to providing terrific books for hospitalized kids during covid, please go to www.runsignup.com/BOOKIT2020 to donate to ECBC’s virtual book drive. #storytimewithethanandchoco #StregaNona #thriveagainstcancer #staystrongandreadon #bookit2020

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Storytime with Ethan & Choco: The Night I Followed the Dog

Here’s yesterday’s storytime that was aired at CHOC Children’s Seacrest Studios and broadcasted in patient rooms! A fun story that inspires kids to imagine the secret adventures their own pets might take when their humans are fast asleep! To help ECBC go beyond our no-cost radio show to providing terrific books for hospitalized kids during covid, please go to www.runsignup.com/BOOKIT2020 to donate to ECBC’s virtual book drive. #storytimewithethanandchoco #TheNightIFollowedtheDog #thriveagainstcancer #staystrongandreadon #bookit2020

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Storytime with Ethan and Choco: Empty Pot

Here’s today’s storytime to be aired at CHOC Children’s Seacrest Studios and broadcasted in patient rooms! A terrific story with a great lesson about honesty and perseverance.

To help ECBC go beyond our no-cost radio show to providing terrific books for hospitalized kids during covid, please CLICK HERE to donate to ECBC’s virtual book drive. www.runsignup.com/BOOKIT2020 to donate to ECBC’s virtual book drive.