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 Ten Thrive Titles for June 2018

Here’s Ethan’s June book request video, which includes his May thank you’s and his list of Ten Thrive Titles (TTT) for June 2018 — which is his specially curated list of books that are needed for his Read+Think+Thrive Boxes for kids diagnosed with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses. In this video, Ethan shares the list of books needed for book boxes for upper elementary-aged girls. Books can be purchased and sent directly to Ethan & Choco’s Book Club by clicking on this link. 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.

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

Thank you for helping ECBC get our book boxes to more SuperKids in 2018!!

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Here are links to other books needed, in addition to the ten thrive titles for upper elementary-aged girls’ Read+Think+Thrive Boxes:

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Another successful afternoon at CHOC!

ECBC had a terrific afternoon yesterday at CHOC, with two of our programs going on at the same time and with such a good response. On the 5th floor (oncology/neurology), our bedside readers visited patient rooms with the Read-Aloud Wagon and read aloud with almost every available patient on the floor. We received so many more “YES”s to reading than we anticipated! And on the hospital lobby, ECBC gave away many books off our Gifting Library Cart to patients and siblings who came down for MaxLove’s Be Super Party (see photo — unfortunately we can’t share pics of patients). It has been a wonderful first four weeks since launching our program — so rewarding to see plans in action, to see books becoming part of patients hospital experience!


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Quick Report: Week 2 of Our New Inpatient Program

Just a quick update on week two of ECBC’s new inpatient bedside reading and mobile book cart program: Last week, we had a launching party in the playroom, where ECBC volunteers read aloud an interactive book about color mixing and guided patients to do some of their own color mixing in blank books and on blank puzzles. This week, we started our visits to patient rooms — where we asked patients if they were up for a read-aloud and possibly a related craft. Patients get visited by so many different people during the day, so often it can be difficult for an unknown volunteer to get a “yes” when asking to enter a patient’s room. We were SO thrilled that all but one patient/families said YES to a read-aloud! We read aloud with patients between the ages of 2 and 9, and volunteers’ reading resulted in patients putting down their ipads, getting engaged in a good story, making predictions and personal connections, and wanting more on a different day! One father of an oncology patient even said as an ECBC volunteer left the room: “Thank you so much, that was just what the doctor prescribed today”… which is actually a goal of ours, that someday “reading aloud” will be included in doctor recommendations as part of helping patients thrive during their hospital stays. #ECBC#Bedside Reading #ReadAloudEveryDay#HospitalizedKidsNeedBooksToo #ReadThinkThrive


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And Our Inpatient Program has Finally Started!

As of yesterday, ECBC has officially started our inpatient bedside reading and mobile book cart program at CHOC Children’s Hospital! It has been a long road to get here, but we are THRILLED to be able to finally bring books and reading to patients ON THE FLOORS (ie Oncology floor), not just in the lobby — reading aloud, using high-quality literature and trained “expert” readers, giving away books to patients in isolation via our new Gifting Library Cart, engaging patients in book-inpsired crafting, and getting patients excited to take a break from screentime! THANK YOU to Susie Alexander and Sandy Tweedt for helping to make our launch event so successful; I’m SO grateful to have such AMAZING volunteers! 

Our inaugural charity run is just 3 days away — it’s not too late to sign up! As we start our new program at CHOC, we have many new and ongoing program expenses, so we can use all the support we can get! Please join us and help us bring books and reading, and eventually a lending library, to CHOC Children’s Hospital! Click HERE to register. 


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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.