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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30 Ways ECBC Helps Cancer Warriors Thrive Through Treatment: Day #16 of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September 16. The sixteenth way that ECBC helps hospitalized kids thrive is by having trained expert volunteers who become model for caregivers as to how to read aloud in ways that help to support interest in books, literacy skills, and cognitive thrivership. For example, bedside readers show the importance of reading aloud slowly and ensuring that kids see the pictures simultaneously to the words being read. Bedside readers also model the importance of asking open-ended questions about the text, of pointing out unknown words and uncovering their meanings together, and of showing their own good and strategic thinking about text so that readers know that reading is about finding meaning (not just sounding out words as many readers learn to do). By showing off behaviors that promote optimal read alouds and quality dialogue, caregivers are able to see and hopefully incorporate some of these behaviors in their own read-aloud interactions with their children. Which is part of the hope of bedside reading, that these situations will lead to many more quality reading experience for kids in the hospital with their own parents and caregivers. 

To support BOOK IT 2020, go to www.runsignup.com/BOOKIT2020. Donate $20 to fund one bedside reading book, and $600 for one month’s supply of high-quality books for the bedside reading read-aloud wagons.  THANK YOU for helping to honor cancer warriors and hospitalized kids during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!


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30 Ways ECBC Helps Cancer Warriors Thrive Through Treatment: Day #15 of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September 15. The 15th way that ECBC supports cognitive health for hospitalized kids is by making sure that we always have a supply of high-quality graphic novels to offer to patients–whether it be on the mobile book cart on the inpatient side of CHOC, via our Outpatient Infusion Center deliveries, through our book boxes for new cancer diagnoses, or at special events. Graphic novels tend to be criticized as inadequate literature for kids to read. However, high quality graphic novels have won prestigious ALA (American Library Association) awards for their terrific stories, deep themes, and wonderful illustrations. And, comprehending graphic novels where readers must construct meaning from individual graphic panels into a coherent whole is a cognitively complex activity that helps to develop good thinking. Also, good stories in graphic novel formats require the same comprehension strategies required for stories written in prose, such as predicting and inferring, so they are an opportunity to practice comprehension skills. Perhaps even more importantly, graphic texts can be a powerful bridge for reluctant readers to other text types, so they are a great starting point for reluctant/struggling readers that often end up turning kids into avid readers. Finally, they’re so popular — they are the best at getting the patients to put their screens down to read!

ECBC can’t keep graphic novels on any of our shelves, as they go immediately! To fund graphic novels for all of our programs, go to runsignup.com/BOOKIT2020. $10-$20 funds one graphic novel, $100 refills the couple graphic novel bins on our book cart for OPI deliveries, and $500 re-stocks the graphic novel shelf on our inpatient mobile book cart.  THANK YOU for supporting BOOK IT2020 and helping to honor cancer warriors during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!


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30 Ways ECBC Helps Cancer Warriors Thrive Through Treatment: Day #14 of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September 14. The 14th way that ECBC helps hospitalized kids thrive through treatment is by reading aloud high-quality literature with good narrative structure, strong psychological landscapes (i.e., characters with emotions), rich vocabulary, and significant themes. Often times when books are read aloud to kids, deliberate choices are not made that pertain to the quality of the book, but when kids listen to and talk about books with these characteristics, their thinking is substantially enhanced— cumulatively so over days, months, and years. This can be especially powerful for hospitalized kids and cancer warriors who often miss out on school, have fewer opportunities for literature-based instruction, and  have conditions or are receiving treatment that affects their cognitive functioning.

To help ECBC boost patients’ cognitive health by providing high-quality literature, click here: runsignup.com/BOOKIT2020. Donate $20 to fund one bedside reading book, $50 for five gifting library books, and $600 for one month’s supply of high-quality books for the bedside reading read-aloud wagons.  THANK YOU for helping to honor cancer warriors and hospitalized kids during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!


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30 Ways ECBC Helps Cancer Warriors Thrive Through Treatment: Day #13 of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Sept. 13. The 13th way that ECBC helps hospitalized kids thrive through treatment with books and reading is with our Book Bands reading incentive program. Whenever patients say “yes” to bedside reading or participate in an ECBC hosted event or activity, they receive one of ten colored silicon bands (each with a different phrase about reading). If they collect all ten, they get to pick out a book to keep from the mobile book cart (or they may choose an ECBC t-shirt or a blank book crafting item such as a blank book or blank board game set). Rewarding reading with more opportunities to read or craft about reading—a powerful way to motivate thrivership. And it’s pretty cool to see a patient wearing a bunch of these!

To support BOOK IT by helping to fund ECBC’s Book Bands, go to runsignup.com/BOOKIT2020. Donate $15 to cover the cost of fifty book bands, and $300 funds one thousand bands. THANK YOU for helping to honor cancer warriors and hospitalized kids during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!


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30 Ways ECBC Helps Cancer Warriors Thrive Through Treatment: Day #12 of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September 12. The twelfth way that ECBC has helped hospitalized kids thrive through treatment is through our Super Book Give Aways, which happen in the CHOC lobby alongside MaxLove Project’s Be Super Parties. During these lobby parties, cancer warriors and their siblings generally come to the lobby specifically to craft with MaxLove, but ECBC has usually succeeded in luring kids over to our mobile book cart so they can select one to several books to keep as ECBC volunteers reiterate the importance of reading while in the hospital. Sometimes during these events ECBC has also hosted a storytime followed by a book-inspired craft — which is especially powerful because literature-based art activities help children to think creatively and more deeply about what they read.

To support BOOK IT 2020 and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month by helping to fund ECBC’s Super Book Give-Aways, go to runsignup.com/BOOKIT2020. Donate $10 to provide one book for the mobile book cart, $50 to donate five books, $500 to sponsor a single Book Give-Away event including books and crafting supplies, or $5000 to re=stock the entire Mobile Gifting Library Cart. #BOOKIT2020#superbookgiveaways d#readthinkthrive #thriveagainstcancer#childhoodcancerawarenessmonth


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30 Ways ECBC Helps Cancer Warriors Thrive Through Treatment: Day #10 of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Sept 10. The 10th way that ECBC helps kids thrive through cancer treatment is by hosting BOO-KS for Treats at CHOC Children’s Hospital’s annual Halloween event. At this awesome event, patients and families get to trick-or-treat throughout the hospital’s second floor at booths set up by hospital departments as well as outside organizations. At the ECBC booth, patients select a high-quality Halloween-themed book from a varied collection of books for all ages from infants and toddlers to teens and young adults. It has been so fun to witness the excitement that patients have as they come upon ECBC’s booth and see that we are offering books rather than candy! This year, if CHOC cannot hold their usual trick-or-treating event due to covid restrictions, ECBC plans to deliver  Halloween bags to every patient with two age-appropriate Halloween books. 

To help fund Halloween-theme books for kids stuck in the hospital this Halloween, please click here: runsignup.com/BOOKIT2020. $10 covers the cost of 1 Halloween-themed book, and $500 funds 50 Halloween-themed books (the past several years, ECBC has gifted 400-450 Halloween-themed books to patients and their siblings on Halloween.). THANK YOU for supporting BOOK IT and helping to honor cancer warriors during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!


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Thank You Evan!

A HUGE shout out to Foothill High School senior Evan Antonius for the awesome boxes of books you delivered last night! Evan conducted his own BOOK IT book drive, collecting books that we are asking for on our Amazon BOOK IT 2020 wish list, so they are all high-quality books that ECBC needs for specific programs and patients. Evan has also been holding his own fundraiser on our virtual BOOK IT campaign website, and he’s almost 2/3 of the way to his fundraising goal. THANK YOU Evan for taking the initiative to support reading for hospitalized kids, many of whom are battling cancer. We appreciate you so much! To support Evan’s fundraising efforts, go to: https://runsignup.com/Race/53767/Donate/h2mGILClkH4yt4eG


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30 Ways ECBC Helps Cancer Warriors Thrive Through Treatment: Day #9 of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Sept 9. The 9th way that ECBC helps kids thrive through cancer treatment is by gifting personally curated sets of books to patients and siblings at Miracle Manor’s December holiday party (Miracle Manor is a home subsidized by Miracles For Kids for low-income CHOC families with critically ill children). While it is unclear whether ECBC will be able to lead the storytime with Santa this year per Covid restrictions, we are super excited to be able to help Miracle Manor kids celebrate the holidays with beautiful high-quality literature.

To help fund the books needed for this, go to go to https://runsignup.com/BOOKIT2020 — $10 provides one gifting library books and $50 provides five gifting library books. THANK YOU for supporting BOOK IT and helping to honor cancer warriors during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!


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Today…

Today was supposed to be BOOK IT!, ECBC’s only annual fundraiser that has provided the majority of the funds and books for all of our book and reading programs at CHOC Children’s Hospital! Due to Covid, we couldn’t have today’s race. But we are conducting a virtual book drive…because hospitalized kids still need books and reading! If you haven’t yet donated to BOOK IT, please consider doing so today!  Here are 4 reasons why you should donate:

  • To help ECBC be able to launch our covid-modified programs later this month
  • To help honor cancer warriors during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
  • To ensure that ECBC can resume its regular programs at CHOC as soon as it is safe to do so
  • To ensure that we can keep on going until BOOK IT 2021 next September!

We will continue the BOOK IT 2020  fundraising campaign through the month of September, alongside our daily effort to contribute to Childhood Cancer Awareness Month by sharing each day a way that ECBC helps ECBC hospitalized kids to thrive. Here’s way #7, for September 7th:

Through its various programs, ECBC directly helps kids thrive through treatment — cognitively, socially, and emotionally. That’s what most of our “30 ways” highlight — the various specific ways. Another way that ECBC helps kids to thrive through treatment is by providing our local cancer warriors a cause to get behind that is about their own cognitive health and that they can control — which can be super empowering! Over the last couple of years, we have had kids in the midst of battle conduct their own book drives for ECBC, help their school run a book drive, raise funds for ECBC, and run in BOOK IT. We love this so much!

ECBC couldn’t do what we do without the support of our community, including our amazing cancer warriors. To contribute to our virtual book drive, go to runsignup.com/BOOKIT2020. Please consider donating at least the amount you would have paid for your family to run today ($40/person). Even better, use the same link to start a fundraising team for the remainder of September.

THANK YOU for helping ECBC to keep helping hospitalized kids to thrive through treatment with books and reading!


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30 Ways ECBC Helps Cancer Warriors Thrive Through Treatment: Day #6 of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Sept 6: The 6th way that bedside readers help hospitalized kids thrive through treatment, in addition to providing quality social interactions (see Sept 1 post), is by boosting children’s thinking and literacy skills. Reading is fundamental to cognitive health and thrivership for all kids, yet it is especially important for cancer warriors who are often missing significant school and literature-based instruction, have a type of cancer that directly impairs cognition, and/or are receiving types of treatment that have long-term cognitive impacts. ECBC’s expert bedside readers know how to model and scaffold good thinking while reading aloud, so that the reading session is not just a one-way interaction but a two-way dialogue with reader and listener together predicting, making text-based connections, and thinking deeply about the text.

To support ECBC’s bedside reading program, go to www.runsignup.com/BOOKIT2020 — donate $20 for one bedside reading book, or donate $600 for a full wagon of bedside reading books which are rotated monthly (30 books).