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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Ethan’s February MOST WANTED BOOKS Video

Here is Ethan’s MOST WANTED BOOKS video for the month of February — which is a plea for book donations in an area of great need for ECBC. In this video, Ethan’s asks for board books. Please check out his video and consider donating. Books can be purchased and sent directly to Ethan & Choco’s Book Club by clicking HERE to access the wish list on Amazon.

We also still REALLY NEED Spanish language books, our “most needed” book type from the month of January. You can access this wish list by clicking HERE.

*Please keep in mind that 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. The link to our General Wish List for our hospital libraries is ECBC’s General Wish List.

Thank you for supporting ECBC’s book and reading programs for hospitalized kids!

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Ethan’s New Book Review Blog

Ever since ECBC Co-Founder Ethan completed his “Book Look a Day” challenge in 2016 (366 books reviewed, recorded, and posted — while on chemo!), he has talked about wanting to start his own book review blog. While his book look challenge was difficult (an understatement, my husband and I wanted to end it after the first month, but Ethan wouldn’t let us), I think Ethan enjoyed the sense of ownership and pride that came with having his own project, his own personal way to contribute to ECBC. This past weekend he decided to put the work into creating his blog, and today he launched it with his first book review post. In typical Ethan-style, it wasn’t enough to just write book reviews — he needed to add a twist to make it extra challenging. So he’s trying to do rhyming book reviews, hence his title “Rhyming Raves of Ethan’s Faves”. He’s by no means a pro at writing in rhyme (especially rhyming reviews!), so this seems ambitious — we’ll see how long he lasts with this new project…

Please click here to check it out! Ethan plans to link each book he reviews with his own “Rhyming Raves” Wish List on Amazon, so if his blog readers want to donate the title to ECBC, they may do so by clicking on the link in his blog post. Thank you for supporting his new project! He’s hoping for a large following, so please share it if you can!!


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Ethan’s Ten Thrive Titles for November and December (& October/November/December Thank Yous)

In this video, Ethan first thanks book donors in the months of October, September, and December for their generous book donations. In part 2 of the video, Ethan shares his lists of Ten Thrive Titles (TTT) for November and December 2018 — which are his specially curated lists of books that are needed for his Read+Think+Thrive Boxes for kids diagnosed with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses. The lists shared here are the books needed for book boxes for teen and young adult boys and for teen and young adult girls. Books can be purchased and sent directly to Ethan & Choco’s Book Club by clicking on the links to our wish lists on Amazon. Please click here for the list for teen boys and click here for the list for teen girls). 

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! On this page, you can also find links to all twelve TTT lists for each of the ageXgender categories of Read+Think+Thrive Boxes, and you can click on any of the links to purchase/send books directly to ECBC. We constantly need books for all ages to provide these boxes!

*Please keep in mind that 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. The link to our General Wish List for our hospital libraries is ECBC’s General Wish List.


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Thank you ECBC volunteers!

This is a quick shout-out to ECBC’s amazing group of “expert reader” volunteers who helped bring books and reading to patients at CHOC Children’s Hospital this month. Our volunteers offered bedside reading with high-quality literature in patients’ rooms, gave away new books from our mobile Gifting Library Cart to patients in isolation, gifted holiday-themed books as part of MaxLove’s holiday Be Super Party, and delivered 100+ books to CHOC’s Outpatient Infusion Center. December is such a busy month for everyone — thank you Susie, Sandy, Cindi, Julie, Debbie, and Fenny for making the time to make sure that the kiddos at CHOC receive some reading and a new book this holiday season!


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2nd Annual BOO-ks for Treats at CHOC was a Success!

Ethan & Choco’s Book Club had a FANTASTIC morning handing out Halloween-themed books to patients yesterday as part of CHOC’s annual trick-or-treating event! We gave away around 300 terrific books to dressed-up patients of all ages — from toddlers to teens and from board books to young adult literature. We also delivered another 100 Halloween books to kids visiting CHOC’s Outpatient Infusion Center for chemo. It was especially fun to be offering healthier treats!

Thank you to everyone for their generous donations for making this possible! Specific thank yous to come soon when Ethan does his book request and thank you video for the month of November — but for now a special shout out to Arroyo Elementary School, Tod and Sharon Paris, Diano Mordin for hosting Ciara and Carter’s Book Drive, and ALL of our amazing Amazon donors. We couldnt bring reading to kids in the hospital without the support of our awesome community!

 

 

 


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Ethan’s Ten Thrive Titles for September and October (& August/September Thank Yous)

In this video, Ethan first thanks book donors in the months of August and September for their generous book donations. In part 2 of the video, Ethan shares his lists of Ten Thrive Titles (TTT) for September and October 2018 — which are his specially curated lists of books that are needed for his Read+Think+Thrive Boxes for kids diagnosed with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses. The lists shared here are the books needed for book boxes for infant/toddler boys and for infant/toddler girls. Books can be purchased and sent directly to Ethan & Choco’s Book Club by clicking on the links to our wish lists on Amazon. Please click here for the list for infant/toddler boys and click here for the list for infant/toddler girls). 

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!

Also, we are in the final week of our Halloween Book Drive for ECBC’s BOO-KS for Treats event at CHOC on Halloween. If you’d like to donate a book for this event, please click here.

*Please keep in mind that 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. The link to our General Wish List for our hospital libraries is ECBC’s General Wish List.

 


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Please Help Us with our Halloween-Themed Book Drive!

Now that it’s October, we are starting to collect Halloween-themed books for ECBC’s 2nd Annual BOO-KS for Treats at CHOC Children’s Hospital! CHOC’s Halloween trick-or-treating event is a special event for Ethan, as he participated in it just two days after he was diagnosed with Leukemia and the same day that he had surgery to place his port and begin chemotherapy. CHOC has 100+ booths for patients and siblings to trick or treat at (candy, toys, Build-a-Bear), and ECBC’s BOO-KS for Treats booth let’s them trick-or-treat for new Halloween books! We need 300-400 books for patients and sibs of all ages. Please click here to access our Halloween-themed wish list. All books purchased will be sent directly to ECBC and stamped with donor name. Thank you for your help!! #HalloweenBookDrive #BOOKSFORTREATS#HospitalizedKidsNeedBooksToo