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 Max!

A huge thank you to Max Stahl for choosing to support ECBC for his school’s 8th Grade Community Project! A middle schooler in El Segundo, Max has been working on collecting books and funds for ECBC in various ways. He set up a book drive at his old elementary school’s book fair, placed a collection box outside of his home to collect more books within his neighborhood, collected funds by running a GoFundMe campaign, and started his own book review blog with an associated wish list on Amazon so his blog readers could purchase books to donate. An impressively comprehensive effort for one eight grader!

In total, Max’s book-raising and fundraising resulted in 144 new, high-quality books for ECBC’s Lending Library, Gifting Library, and Read+Think+Thrive Boxes for kids newly diagnosed with cancer (with a focus on allocating his funds to purchasing books for book boxes for middle- and high-schoolers). Also, Max used some of the funds to purchase 100 reading lights, which will be added to older’ kids’ Read+Think+Thrive Boxes.

Even though Max has completed his school project, he plans to continue writing his book review blog and collecting book donations through that. ECBC supporters, this is a thoughtful, well-written blog by a smart avid teen reader…CLICK HERE to check it out, and CLICK HERE to access Max’s Wish List. All titles that Max reviews and asks for via his wish list would make for fantastic donations to ECBC’s library collections!

Thank you Max for your hard work, terrific contribution, and your plan to continue to support ECBC beyond school or any formal requirements!!


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Thank You to Two Tustin Elementary Schools

A huge thank you to Loma Vista Elementary School and Myford Elementary School for the your awesome book donations last week. Both schools conducted school-wide book drives alongside existing book purchasing programs. Organized by Loma Vista parent Beth Feher, Loma Vista conducted a book drive at their school’s Scholastic Book Fair and as part of their Read Across America celebrations. With the amazing help of first grader Jayden Salazar, Loma Vista collected and donated 260 new books to ECBC — returning our book donation box completely full! (not a small accomplishment –the box is huge!).

And, spearheaded by kindergarten teacher Danielle Clawson, Myford collected book donations via students’ Scholastic Book Club orders, where parents were given the opportunity to purchase additional books to donate to ECBC as part of their child’s book order. Thank you Danielle and Myford for the 80 books that you donated as a result of this book drive, and also for your ongoing support of ECBC through Scholastic Book Club orders.

School book drives are the largest source of ECBC’s gifting library. Since 100% of our gifting library books are given away (to kids in isolation at CHOC, at hospital book-give away events, in book boxes for new cancer diagnoses), ECBC depends on the support of local schools to sustain our gifting book programs. If your school is interested in collecting new books for ECBC, please contact us at ali@ECbookclub.com

THANK YOU LOMA VISTA ELEMENTARY AND MYFORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL!


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Triple Play Thursday!

ECBC had a fun and productive Thursday this week, getting books and reading to three different areas of CHOC! ECBC teamed up with MaxLove Project’s BeSuper Party for our monthly Super Book Give-Away in the hospital lobby, where we gave away books to patients and siblings of all ages. Next, we delivered books to the Outpatient Infusion Center, re-stocking their shelves with 150 new books. Finally, ECBC’s expert Bedside Readers read aloud to the Oncology and Neurology and patients on the 5th floor while also giving away books to patients in isolation using our mobile book cart. So fun to reach so many patients at CHOC today!


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Ethan’s March MOST WANTED BOOKS Video

Here is Ethan’s MOST WANTED BOOKS video for the month of March — which is a plea for book donations in an area of great need for ECBC. In this video, Ethan’s asks for books for teens and young adults. 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 for the month of January) and board books (our Most Needed book type for the month of February). You can access these wish list by clicking on these links:
– ECBC Special Need Wish List: Spanish Books
– ECBC Special Need Wish List: Board Books

*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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Outpatient Infusion Center (OPI) delivery

Keeping these shelves stocked with books at CHOC Children’s Hospital OPI is fun!  These shelves were always empty for the 3.5 that Ethan received his outpatient chemo here! Nothing fancy and the easiest part of ECBC to keep going , but it’s just as rewarding as the other programs we do. Every time we return the shelves are empty — it’s good to know that at least a small part of kids’ visits might include some reading instead of screen time!!


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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.