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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Holiday Books for Miracle Manor!

ECBC was so thrilled to deliver holiday book bags to CHOC patients and siblings living at Miracle Manor. This was our second year gifting holiday books to Miracle Manor families, and while we missed not being able to host story time with Santa like we did last year, it is such a treat to be able to provide books that were curated according every recipient’s specific interest. We gifted titles ranging from Mickey House and Baby Shark to baseball, gaming, and fashion — and so much more! A huge thank you to Mary Kay and Claire Viscounty for assembling the beautiful bags as well delivering the books today. And thank you to Janis Leach’s 3rd graders for writing personal holiday notes for every recipient! And of course thank you to all our donors, most of whom donate books on an ongoing basis which allows us to keep on helping hospitalized kids thrive with books and reading.


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Storytime with Ethan & Choco: Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins

Happy 1st night of Hanukkah from ECBC! Here’s this week’s storytime with Ethan & Choco: Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, a Hanukkah family favorite and a wonderful read-aloud for all. To donate this book or another holiday book for CHOC patients, below are the links to our wish lists. We still need many books for our upcoming holiday book deliveries to CHOC and Miracle Manor!

CLICK HERE for CHOC Wish List.

CLICK HERE for Miracle Manor Wish List

Thank you for helping hospitalized kids thrive through the holidays with books and reading!


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ECBC’s First Holiday Book Donation of the Season

We just delivered our first of several holiday book donations to CHOC Children’s Hospital! This one went to the Outpatient Infusion Center, where kids (largely oncology patients) spend a couple hours to all day for infusions– we re-stocked our outpatient library cart with almost 200 December holiday-themed books! We just love spreading some literary joy with high-quality books that look fun enough to get kids to put their screens down for just a bit!

We have a few more holiday book gifting commitments in the coming weeks — including to CHOC’s inpatient side and to Miracle Manor (Miracles for Kids’ subsidized housing for CHOC patients and families). Our deadlines for delivery are coming up in the 10 -12 days and we’ll need to purchase books soon to fill gaps — so PLEASE donate now/soon if you can!!!

Click HERE to donate a book for patients and siblings living at Miracle Manor (books on this list are selected/curated for specific kids based on each child’s age and interest).

Click HERE to to donate a book for kids who are inpatient at CHOC Children’s Hospital.

THANK YOU for helping ECBC to help hospitalized kids thrive through the holidays with high-quality books and reading!


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ECBC needs holiday books for kids living at Miracle Manor!

PLEASE HELP! ECBC needs some help so that we can provide literary treats for patients and siblings living at Miracle Manor, which is Miracles for Kids’ subsidized housing for CHOC patients (most of whom are currently battling cancer). Last year we were invited to attend their Christmas party, and we were thrilled to be able to provide storytime and books for every child living here. There’s no party this year per Covid, but we have promised the books! Our Miracle Manor wish list on Amazon has titles that have been specifically selected to match the age and interests of every child — we need every book on the list to be able to gift to every child! Delivery happens in 10 days — please help if you can! We also still need a huge number of books for our CHOC holiday book deliveries — see that link below too. THANK YOU for helping hospitalized kids to thrive through the holidays with books and reading!

CLICK HERE for Miracle Manor Wish List.

CLICK HERE for CHOC Hospital WIsh List:

All books purchased from these lists will be sent directly to ECBC and bookplated with donor names.


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It’s Giving Tuesday! Please help!

ECBC needs December holiday-themed books for our December book deliveries to kids at CHOC Children’s Hospital. Rather than making a monetary donation, please consider donating just one book from our Holiday Book Wish (link below). All books purchased from this list will be sent directly to ECBC and nameplates with donor name. THANK YOU in advance for supporting ECBC’s gifting programs which have been greatly amplified during Covid (because we still haven’t been able to run our volunteer-based inpatient reading programs).

Click HERE to access the holiday book wish list and donate.


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Hurray for CHOC Delivery Day!

CHOC delivery day! We re-stocked our outpatient oncology library cart with 150 new books, and we replenished the inventory of Read Think Thrive Bags for kids newly diagnosed with cancer. We also got to fulfill of a 15 year old’s personal request for a nonfiction book about horses. ECBC volunteers still can’t enter the hospital and we sure do miss bedside reading —but we’re grateful that outpatient nursing and staff are helping us to help kids thrive through treatment with high quality books! As a small side note, two weeks ago we delivered a specific chapter book series for a nine year old oncology patient by personal request, and I learned today that upon receiving the books she showed off her first smile at the infusion center ever.