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 Principal Sheyka and Arroyo Elementary!

Thank you Principal Sheyka and Arroyo for celebrating Ethan at Friday Flag this morning. It was really special and so appreciated.

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PLEASE help us celebrate Ethan’s end of treatment and efforts to bring a library to CHOC Children’s Hospital by joining us at our first big community fundraiser on the morning of Memorial Day, May 28th. We’re doing a charity run/walk called “BOOK IT: Racing for Reading for Hospitalized Kids”, and there will be medals, tshirts, all-you-can-eat pancakes (with a new book donation), and a book character costume contest. We hope you’ll come out to support books for Orange County’s hospitalized kids! Register at www.runsignup.com/runreadthrive. Use code READBOOKS by April 15th to receive a 15% discount. #ArroyoMustangs #EthanStrong#GoodbyeLeukemia #BOOKit #ECBC #HospitalizedKidsNeedBooksToo#ReadThinkThrive

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Thank you VoyageLA for highlighting ECBC!

Today, Ethan & Choco’s Book Club was featured in Voyage LA’s “Inspiring Stories” section! Check it out here: http://voyagela.com/interview/meet-ali-posner-ethan-posner-ethan-chocos-book-club-nonprofit-charity-orange-county/


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Ethan’s Ten Thrive Titles for March 2018

Thank you so much Hannah!

In this video, Ethan first thanks donors from  February 2018. We are especially grateful to 13-year old Hannah Calderon for her significant donation in February. As part of her mitzvah project for her bat mitzvah, Hannah chose to raise money for ECBC — we will put her donation to great use as we launch the first phase of our inpatient reading program at CHOC in May! We’re also grateful for  the six donors who sponsored entire Read+Think+Thrive Boxes via our race registration site — Liz Albert, Jack and Roen Beiley, Barbara and Doug Jones, Stahl Family, Schulman Family, and Sandy Tweedt — these donations will allow us to get RTT Boxes to seven new cancer diagnoses at CHOC!

 

In part 2 of this video, Ethan briefly describes the goal of his book request videos for 2018, which is to request books specifically foe his book boxes (called Read+Think+Thrive Boxes) for SuperKids diagnosed with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses. He then shares his list of Ten Thrive Titles that are needed to fill book boxes for early elementary school boys  (the age-by-gender category that he is focusing on getting books for in the month of March). Books can be purchased and sent directly to Ethan & Choco’s Book Club by clicking on this link on Amazon. Or, these titles can be purchased for donation to ECBC at our local bookstore and amazing partner, Once Upon a Storybook. Each book box also comes with art and writing supplies so that kids can respond creatively to the books — these art supplies can be donated as well by clicking here.

Thank you for helping ECBC reach our goal of providing a book box to every new cancer diagnosis at CHOC Children’s Hospital!

To learn more about ECBC’s Read+Think+Thrive Boxes, click here!

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Other books needed, in addition to the ten thrive titles for preschool-aged girls Read+Think+Thrive Boxes:

  • Ten Thrive Titles for preschool-aged boys. We still need many more copies of each book on this list to fill book boxes for preschool boys!  (Click here for January’s Book request video.)
  • Ten Thrive Titles for preschool-aged girls. We still need many more copies of each book on this list to fill book boxes for preschool girls!  (Click here for February’s Book request video.)
  • ECBC’s General Wish List. We will ALWAYS need hardcover and paperback books for our permanent Lending Library and our special situations (including patients in isolation) Gifting Libraries at CHOC. 

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Ethan’s Ten Thrive Titles for February 2018

In this video, Ethan first thanks book donors from January 2018. We are especially grateful to picture book authors Ganit and Adir Levy for their super generous donation of 100 hardcover copies of their book, What Should Danny Do? We are excited to have copies of this beautiful and unique book in our Lending Library and to have so many to give away to kids in isolation. We’re also grateful for Chloe Rosenthal’s generous “birthday donation” — it has been such an honor when kids decide to share some of their birthday celebration by requesting book donations for hospitalized kids, instead of kids. Thank you Chloe!

In part 2 of this video, Ethan briefly describes the goal of his book request videos for 2018, which is to request books specifically foe his book boxes (called Read+Think+Thrive Boxes) for SuperKids diagnosed with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses. He then shares his list of Ten Thrive Titles that are needed to fill book boxes for preschool-aged girls (the age-by-gender category that he is focusing on getting books for in the month of February). Books can be purchased and sent directly to Ethan & Choco’s Book Club by clicking on this link on Amazon. Or, these titles can be purchased for donation to ECBC at our local bookstore and amazing partner, Once Upon a Storybook. Each book box also comes with art and writing supplies so that kids can respond creatively to the books — these art supplies can be donated as well by clicking here.

Thank you for helping ECBC reach our goal of providing a book box to every new cancer diagnosis at CHOC Children’s Hospital!

To learn more about ECBC’s Read+Think+Thrive Boxes, click here!

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Other books needed, in addition to the ten thrive titles for preschool-aged girls Read+Think+Thrive Boxes:

  • Ten Thrive Titles for preschool-aged boys. We still need many more copies of each book on this list to fill book boxes for preschool boys!  (Click here for January’s Book request video.)
  • ECBC’s General Wish List. We will ALWAYS need hardcover and paperback books for our permanent Lending Library and our special situations (including patients in isolation) Gifting Libraries at CHOC. 

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Last hospital book delivery as a patients who’s currently in treatment!

We just dropped off another 100 new books at the Outpatient Infusion Center (OPI) yesterday, when we were there for Ethan’s LAST spinal tap and chemo through port. 3 1/2 years of chemo at CHOC, and we’re now left with only a week of steroids, 24 days of oral chemo, and port removal surgery. It as been quite a few years, with so many hard times, but an equal number of joyful moments. Starting Ethan & Choco’s Book Club has been among the best to come out of this long hard journey. We’re so grateful to be able to give back to this wonderful hospital and to all the cancer warriors out there, and to be able to do so in a way that’s so meaningful and personal for both Ethan and me.


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ECBC New Year Update and Next Steps

With the new year upon us, we are excited to share a few of Ethan & Choco’s Book Club’s highlights of 2017 as well as our next steps for 2018. We spent the past year with continued efforts to bookraise, fundraise, form partnerships, and raise awareness about ECBC’s mission to bring books and reading to hospitalized kids. ECBC now boasts a library of approximately 8000 new books — 6,000 in our Gifting Library and 2,000 in our Lending Library!  Ethan continued with online book request videos by sharing each month a list of titles that we need, and books continued to come in the mail. We thank our community for the abundant support we received this past year from individuals, kids and youth groups, teachers and schools, a few small businesses, and at some community events. We are especially grateful for the support of our most significant and ongoing donors and partners, including: MaxLove Project, Kids READ!, Once Upon a Storybook, Tarbut ‘V Torah Community Day School, Blue Moon Boutique, Irvine Kiwanis Club, Arroyo Elementary School, Saddleback Educational Publishing, National League of Young Men Tustin, Girl Scout Troops 3152, 3115, 4204, and 3307, Mrs. Kelly’s 4th and 5th grade classes at Arroyo Elementary, Quintus Financial & Insurance, Enderle Center, DOGO Books, Aidan and Amie’s birthday book drive, Tod and Sharon Paris, Barry Ackerman, Mary and Vaso Adzich, Bill Bellaty, Rob and Brooke Lieberman, Alane Adams, Alexandra Aldawan, Ashley Netzky, the Sherrill Family, and Nancy Sewell. And, we are so very humbled by the CarterStrong Book Drive donation of more than 650 new books — 100 of which are being used to create the CarterStrong Legacy Collection, which will hold a permanent place in our lending library and represent Carter’s legacy of joy, kindness, and relentless bravery. 

Without doubt, the greatest highlight of the past year is that we collected enough new books to start getting books into the hands of CHOC Children’s Hospital patients on a regular basis! This occurred primarily through our monthly Super Book Give-Aways at CHOC as part of MaxLove Project’s Be Super Parties. We also started to fill the empty shelves with new books at CHOC’s Outpatient Infusion Center, and we held a super successful first annual Books for Treats at CHOC on Halloween, giving away approximately 300 new Halloween-themed books to kids stuck in the hospital over the holiday. And, with the help of committed Girl Scout Troop #3152, we delivered ten individually curated book boxes (called Read +Think + Thrive Boxes) to SuperKids (at CHOC and around the country) with new cancer diagnoses or who had recently relapsed. Ethan was especially proud of these deliveries and is inspiring ECBC to expand this program in 2018.  

Goals and Plans for 2018.  With a successful year behind us, we are so excited for 2018!  We’re going into this year with these six key goals:

  1. First and foremost, we plan to launch the initial phases of our inpatient programs, starting with our bedside reading program in the first part of 2018 (“Reading Aloud in Every Room”) and  our mobile book carts (including Lending and Gifting carts) in the latter half of 2018 (“Books in Every Room”). We are especially excited about the mobile book carts because they offer an innovative way to provide a lending library to hospitalized kids without requiring a huge amount of space (which we don’t have yet).
  2. We will continue with our book give-away parties at CHOC, where we give away new books from our Gifting Library to patients and siblings who are able to leave their hospital floor and go down to the lobby. This includes the monthly parties with MaxLove Project as well as Books for Treats on Halloween.
  3. We are super thrilled to be working with MaxLove Project to create an ECBC library at MaxLove Project’s new outpatient survivorship center!!  We plan to create a beautiful, cozy reading corner with open-faced shelving, comfy seating, and books for all ages so that books and reading aloud are part of this beautiful healing space that helps SuperKids thrive through cancer treatment and beyond.
  4. We plan to create additional book nooks in various locations at the hospital that provide new books and reading for patients who otherwise are likely waiting with nothing to do or looking at screens. We will continue to provide books for the Outpatient Infusion Center, and we will work on creating new book nooks at the oncology clinic, the hospital admission waiting area, and in Radiology.
  5. We are excited to scale up Ethan’s Read+Think+Thrive Box program from the informal giving of boxes to more systematic distribution. With the new year, we have promised CHOC to work on a goal of providing a new book box to every new cancer diagnosis, which is about 5-10 boxes per month. Ethan decided to focus his monthly book request videos on asking for the specific books that are needed to fill each of twelve categories of book box recipients. Check out Ethan’s January book request video here, where he shares the titles needed for book boxes for preschool boys.
  6. This year, we are holding our first ECBC community fundraising event, called BOOK IT! Racing for Reading for Hospitalized Kids. This is a 5K race/1K Fun Run at Orange Coast College on Monday, May 28th (Memorial Day). Participants will receive a BOOK IT! T-shirt, medal, and electronic timing, and Kiwanis Club of Irvine will provide an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast for $4 or a new book donation. We’re hoping for a fantastic turnout!  In addition to the race, we will work on renewing momentum for fundraising, continue to bookraise, and hopefully form many more partnerships with individuals, youth groups,  schools, and corporations. Especially as we give away increasing numbers of books and launch our inpatient programs, we will need significant ongoing support for sustainability. 

Please help us have a good start to 2018 by donating to ECBC in one of these ways:

  • Register for our race, BOOK IT!  Or, if you can’t make the race, on the race registration site you can donate $20 for a new book or $100 to sponsor a Read+Think+Thrive Box for a child with a new cancer diagnosis. Click here to register. 
  • Make a one-time donation or a recurring donation on our fundraising page. Click here to donate. 
  • Purchase books from our Amazon Wish List to donate to our Lending and Gifting libraries, or  contribute to our Read+Think+Thrive Boxes for new cancer diagnoses at CHOC — click here to access and donate from the list of books we need for preschool boys.

We can’t wait to continue to work on making books and reading a core part of the care that CHOC patients receive! THANK YOU for being part of our efforts!


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Thank You CarterStrong Community for your Incredible Donation

Please check out Ethan’s video thanking the CarterStrong community and the CarterStrong Bucket List Book Drive for their amazing donation of 665 new books for ECBC and hospitalized kids at CHOC Children’s Hospital! ECBC is so honored to get to have a part in carrying on Carter’s legacy with this remarkable donation as well as with the special CarterStrongForever Legacy Collection that will forever be a part of  the library at CHOC. The library will be CarterStrong FOREVER!!