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 Girl Scout Troop #3115 for Making a Difference!

A HUGE thank you to Girl Scout Troop #3115 for their hard work this past Sunday at the Girl Scouts Day of Service event at Foothill High School! The girls hosted a table to spread awareness about Ethan & Choco’s Book Club and ways that other troops can get involved, such as by fundraising for Read+Think+Thrive Boxes and participating in our charity run. They also designed awesome bookmarks with 10 phrases about reading (aligned with quotes on our silicon Book Bands that patients will receive), and younger girl scouts colored in about 250 — which will be laminated and included in our book boxes to kids newly diagnosed with cancer. They also started a “Team Girl Scouts” on the BOOK IT! registration page —
so other girl scouts can sign up and join their team! The goal of this service day was to mobilize girls to be “agents of change”, and this troop is certainly leading the way through their help with ECBC.IMG_3361IMG_3364

We are SO grateful for their ongoing commitment and partnership for the last couple of years! THANK YOU TROOP #3115!! 


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Thank you Alane Adams and Rise Up Foundation!

A HUGE thank you to author Alane Adams‘ Rise Up Foundation (which brings literacy to children and families facing difficult circumstances) for sponsoring our new storage space for the entire first year! We can’t wait to start moving over our 8,000 new books!! Given the small amount of storage space that CHOC Children’s can provide us at the moment, having storage space with our books in close proximity to the hospital is a necessary step for us to be able to launch our inpatient program in May. Thank you so much Rise Up and Alane, we are so grateful for your partnership and incredible support!

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Thank you Myford Elementary School!

Ethan with the 309 new books from Myford Elementary School!

Thank you Myford Elementary School for your amazing donation this week of 309 new books (mostly for our Gifting Library)!!!  This is our most significant school donation yet! This donation included terrific titles for all ages and interests, including highly popular chapter books and picture books (e.g., I Survived books, Percy Jackson books, Roald Dahl books, Judy Blume books; Magic Tree House books, Beverly Cleary books, Weird School books, many Newbery winners, high interest graphic novels, and much more). We now have a heightened need for new book donations since we are giving away so many at CHOC, and especially since we are getting ready to launch the first phase of our inpatient program on the patient floors at CHOC!

Also, a HUGE thank you to Myford Elementary teacher Mrs. Danielle Clawson for organizing this awesome effort (and of course to Principal Rena Fairchild for supporting it)! Mrs. Clawson rallied her school behind a school-wide Scholastic book drive, where they attached a cover letter to students’ Scholastic Book Club order forms that were sent home, giving parents the opportunity to order books for hospitalized kids. We are so excited that so many Myford families contributed!

Scholastic Book Club orders are such a terrific and easy way for schools to bookraise for ECBC, because book collection efforts can occur alongside schools’ already existing Scholastic book order programs. Teachers benefit too, because the additional book purchases earn them more points for receiving books for their classroom libraries. We are finding that attaching a cover letter to book order forms is an easy way to do this — Click here  to download this letter. You may also email us at to receive an editable version of this letter that can be modified to work for your school. Please consider following Myford Elementary’s lead and organizing a school-wide Scholastic Book Club book drive! We want to add more schools to our small starter list of ECBC Thrive Partner Schools!

A few Myford Elementary students with their book donations!

Thank you Myford Elementary and Mrs. Clawson, we appreciate you so much!

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Thank you Principal Sheyka and Arroyo Elementary!

Thank you Principal Sheyka and Arroyo for celebrating Ethan at Friday Flag this morning. It was really special and so appreciated.

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PLEASE help us celebrate Ethan’s end of treatment and efforts to bring a library to CHOC Children’s Hospital by joining us at our first big community fundraiser on the morning of Memorial Day, May 28th. We’re doing a charity run/walk called “BOOK IT: Racing for Reading for Hospitalized Kids”, and there will be medals, tshirts, all-you-can-eat pancakes (with a new book donation), and a book character costume contest. We hope you’ll come out to support books for Orange County’s hospitalized kids! Register at Use code READBOOKS by April 15th to receive a 15% discount. #ArroyoMustangs #EthanStrong#GoodbyeLeukemia #BOOKit #ECBC #HospitalizedKidsNeedBooksToo#ReadThinkThrive

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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!

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.