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


Leave a comment

Ethan loved delivering a special Read+Think+Thrive Box today!

Ethan was SO happy to drop off a Read+Think+Thrive (RTT) Box for his fellow Leukemia Warrior buddy Carter at CHOC today! After 648 days of treatment, Carter found out two weeks ago that his Leukemia relapsed — so he is now back inpatient and starting this battle all over again at Day 1. Ethan received chemo at the Outpatient Infusion Center this afternoon, and then we walked the box over to the hospital lobby to be delivered to Carter’s room (we could not personally deliver it, since Ethan is immuno-compromised and Carter is in isolation).  Ethan was super proud of this box, because he got to personally curate the variety of great titles that went in it — including picture books, beginning chapter books, and a family chapter book read aloud. 

Books and reading gave Ethan more opportunities to think hard, connect with others, and travel to other worlds while he was in the hospital. What a joy it is to be able to share this with other kids!!

We’re behind you Carter!  READ, THINK, AND THRIVE!!!

15781081_10158950641960570_4251185499150936950_n

Carter opening the RTT Box after waking up from his spinal tap!!!


Leave a comment

Ethan’s July Title Talk (and June Thank-Yous)

Here’s Ethan’s July 2017 Title Talk (#7), the list of books he hopes will be donated to ECBC in the month of July! Please donate hardcover (for the permanent Lending Library) or paperback (for the Gifting Library for kids in isolation) versions of these books, or any new book, from ECBC’s Amazon Wish List and help us build a library at CHOC Children’s Hospital! Books will be sent directly to ECBC. The link to the wish list is: https://amzn.com/w/BLD7UEVPPPO

In this video, Ethan also thanks our June book donors, including those who donated books via Amazon, donations made in lieu of gifts for a child’s birthday, and our awesome local bookstore (Once Upon a Storybook) customers for their ongoing monthly donations. Thank you so much to our donors for continuing to keep the book donations coming!

Ethan also mentions his buddy Carter, a 6-year-old fellow Leukemia warrior who just received the devastating news that he has relapsed — meaning his Leukemia is back. Carter is back inpatient, beginning his battle again at day 1 (after 648 days of ongoing treatment). This (relapse) is the fear that all of us cancer parents live with daily, throughout treatment and for years beyond. Carter’s amazing community of support (called “CarterStrong”) is holding a “CarterStrong Bucket List Book Drive” to fulfill Carter’s bucket list wish (a kindergarten writing assignment) to “read lots of books this summer”. Carter is going to share the books that are collected with other kids who are currently on the oncology floor at CHOC, and the remaining books will be donated to ECBC. If you would like to donate in Carter’s honor, as a way to support Carter’s new fight, please indicate this in the gift message part of your order on Amazon. We’ll make sure the ECBC bookplate acknowledges that the donation is from you in honor of Carter!

Click here for Ethan’s July Title Talk video.
Click here to purchase books to donate off our Amazon Wish List.


Leave a comment

Ethan’s May 2017 Title Talk (and April Thank-You’s)

Twins Amie and Aidan give ECBC a HUGE donation of new books in honor of their birthday!!!

Here’s Ethan’s May 2017 Title Talk (#5), the list of books he hopes will be donated to ECBC in the month of May! Please donate hardcover (for the permanent Lending Library) or paperback (for the Gifting Library for kids in isolation) versions of these books, or any new book, from ECBC’s Amazon Wish List and help us build a library at CHOC Children’s Hospital! Books will be sent directly to ECBC. The link to the wish list is: https://amzn.com/w/BLD7UEVPPPO

This awesome little Once Upon a Storybook customer is donating a book to ECBC in honor of her friend’s birthday!

In this video, Ethan also thanks all of our April book donors, including: Mrs. Stephanie Lukkes and her 2nd grade class, children’s author Salina Yoon for donating so many of her own books, 8-year-old twins Amie and Aidan for donating 138 new books rather than receiving birthday gifts, and of course Once Upon a Storybook for their ongoing monthly donations!  

Click here for Ethan’s May Title Talk video.
Click here to purchase books to donate off our Amazon Wish List.


Leave a comment

Ethan’s Book Flash #3, Book Scavenger (by Jennifer Bertman)

Here’s Ethan’s Book Flash #3, his request for a specific title that he wants to make sure is in the library that ECBC is building at CHOC Children’s Hospital! Please check out his video and consider donating this book or any of the other books on the ECBC Wish List on Amazon (link below).  Books purchased from this list will be sent directly to ECBC.  Thank you!

 

 

Click HERE for Book Flash #3.

Click HERE to go to ECBC’s Wish List on Amazon.


Leave a comment

Thank you Amie and Aidan for asking for books for ECBC instead of birthday gifts!!

All 138 books came with these bookplates, signed by each kid donor!

We just received a super awesome book donation!! Twins Amie and Aidan (from Irvine, CA) recently celebrated their 8th birthdays, and they asked for books to be donated to the hospital library that ECBC is building in lieu of gifts for themselves! We met this amazing family on Sunday when they gave us this large, super heavy box of books — 138 new, high-quality paperback and hardcover titles, mostly selected from our Amazon.com Wish List! This is definitely our most significant personal (non-institutional) donation yet!  The family even used our logo to make their own ECBC book plates, personalized with the birthday kids’ names and signed by each party guest. Thank you so much Amie and Aidan for thinking of ECBC and for your generosity. We are so very honored!


Leave a comment

Ethan’s April 2017 Title Talk (and March Thank-You’s)

Here’s Ethan’s April 2017 Title Talk (#4), the list of books he hopes will be donated to ECBC in the month of April! Please donate hardcover (for the permanent Lending Library) or paperback (for the Gifting Library for kids in isolation) versions of these books, or any new book, from ECBC’s Amazon Wish List and help us build a library at CHOC Children’s Hospital! Books will be sent directly to ECBC. The link to the wish list is: https://amzn.com/w/BLD7UEVPPPO

Ethan with his teacher Mrs. Kelly and the box of books he just received from his class’s Scholastic book order!

Ethan with a box of fantastic books from DOGO Books!

A huge thank you to everyone who donated books in the month of March! And thank you so much to Once Upon a Storybook, Girl Scout Troop #3152, Mrs. Suzanne Tarnay Kelly and her 4th grade class, and DOGO Books for their super generous donations in the month of March!

Click here for Ethan’s April Title Talk video.
Click here to purchase books to donate off our Amazon Wish List.


Leave a comment

Ethan’s Book Flash #2, Save Me a Seat (by Sarah Weeks)

Here’s Ethan’s Book Flash #2, his request for a specific title that he wants to make sure is in the library that ECBC is building at CHOC Children’s Hospital! Please check out his video and consider donating this book or any of the other books on the ECBC Wish List on Amazon (link below).  Books purchased from this list will be sent directly to ECBC.  Thank you!

 

Click HERE for Book Flash #2.

Click HERE to go to ECBC’s Wish List on Amazon.