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

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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!!!


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

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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:

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.

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Thank you Mrs. Kelly and classmates!

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Thank you to Ethan’s awesome 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Suzanne Tarnay Kelly, and his classmates for all the books you just donated to ECBC! Scholastic book orders are such a great and easy way for schools to get involved and help us build a library and reading program at CHOC Hospital!

To support ECBC through Scholastic, Mrs. Kelly stapled a brief note to the top of the Scholastic order forms asking parents to consider donating a book to ECBC as part of their order for their own kids. Parents ordered as they normally would, and then when the books arrived, kids put the books for ECBC in a box for ECBC. And, because of all the extra books that were purchased for ECBC, Mrs. Kelly earned more points to receive free books (which she chose to donate to ECBC, but teachers’ own libraries could also benefit from the extra points!).

We hope more teachers in Tustin and throughout Orange County will follow Mrs. Kelly’s lead!

Please click here to view Ethan’s thank you video.


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Ethan’s Daily Book Look #193

415sPaS0FoL._SX358_BO1,204,203,200_Here’s Ethan’s Daily Book Look #193, I Want My Hat Back (by Jon Klassen). If you’re interested in donating books and helping to build a library at CHOC Children’s Hospital, you can click here to access ECBC’s Wish List on  Items purchased from this list will be sent directly to Ethan & Choco’s Book Club.

Click here for Book Look #193 video.
Click here to purchase books to donate off our Wish List.

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Ethan’s Daily Book Look #126

51NsaAZq0AL._SX388_BO1,204,203,200_Here’s Ethan’s Daily Book Look #126, Thank You, Mr. Faulker (by Patricia Polacco). If you’re interested in donating and helping build a library at CHOC Children’s Hospital, you can go to our Wish List on Items purchased from this list will be sent directly to Ethan & Choco’s Book Club.

Click here for Book Look #126 video.
Click here to purchase books to donate off our Wish List.