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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Today’s Outpatient Infusion Center delivery

ECBC’s new mobile COOL (CHOC Oncology Outpatient Library) Cart has been wheeled around to patients visiting CHOC OPI for infusions for about two weeks now, and today I had the pleasure of re-stocking the cart with a whole bunch of awesome kid lit, including about 50% Halloween books (ranging from board books to young adult horror and everything in between). I also replenished the supply of our book bags for kids who are diagnosed with cancer —too many kids are being diagnosed right now. And I got to fulfill an individual request for a specific book series—the patient didn’t want any of the 250 books on the cart, only Mercy Watson chapter books (she has good tastes, as this is a terrific easy chapter book series). Gifting high-quality books to kids who wouldn’t otherwise have access to them truly brings me so much joy.


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Storytime with Ethan & Choco: A Hungry Lion

Here’s Ethan’s read-aloud show that is being aired today by the radio station at CHOC Children’s Hospital. A Hungry Lion, or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals…If you aren’t familiar with this picture book, share this with your kiddos. It has a surprising and super funny ending! #StorytimeWithEthanandChoco #HungryLion #ECBC #ReadThinkThrive #ThriveAgainstCancer #StayStrongAndReadOn


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Storytime with Ethan & Choco: Officer Buckle & Gloria

Ethan’s read aloud that is being aired on CHOC Children’s radio station today — a funny story that is sure to make patients laugh! #StorytimeWithEthanandChoco #OfficerBuckle #ECBC #ReadThinkThrive #ThriveAgainstCancer #StayStrongAndReadOn


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Finally, a book bag delivery!

All ECBC program’s have been on hold for the past two months per CHOC Children’s Hospital’s COVID-19 rules, as all of our programs require our volunteers to visit the hospital. We all miss being able to get high-quality books and reading to patients, especially to the kids who are enduring long and/or hard battles. So, Ethan and I were thrilled yesterday when we had the opportunity to hand off a Read+Think+Thrive Bag to Ethan’s oncologist at CHOC so that she could deliver it to an eight-year-old girl who was just diagnosed with cancer. Not the usual way we receive book bag requests (the request came from Ethan’s oncologist during his own Zoom oncology visit) and not our typical delivery method (the hand-off happened in the CHOC parking lot outside the entrance to the oncology clinic, rather than by volunteer delivery inside the hospital)… but it felt so good to be able to give the the gift of reading to this young girl. We have so missed doing this!

As an aside, note our use of a “book bag” rather than “book box”. This is the first time that Read+Think+Thrive supplies (books and book-crafting items) were packaged in a bag! A few months ago, CHOC’s Infectious Disease department informed us that we could no longer use cardboard boxes, so we are now transitioning to a “Read+Think+Thrive Bag” rather than box. We will miss the kid/largely Girl Scout- decorated boxes, but we are super excited about this bag — which is more functional (kids can actually re-use it) and can provide a tangible reminder for kids to bring books with them to their hospital visits. We think they look pretty great too! (Thanks to Emily Frye!)


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Storytime with Ethan & Choco: Clever Jack Takes the Cake

Here’s today’s storytime with Ethan & Choco that was aired at CHOC Children’s Hospital’s radio today and broadcasted in patient rooms. This is a terrific little story — please share with young viewers who might be interested! #StorytimeWithEthanandChoco #CleverJack #ECBC #ReadThinkThrive #ThriveAgainstCancer #StayStrongAndReadOn