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 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 ECBC@maxloveproject.org 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 Tarbut V’Torah — ECBC needs more schools like you!

THANK YOU to Tarbut V’Torah’s Lower School for such an AMAZING student-led book drive! TVT collected 219 new books in just one week, and this school only has 253 students! Here’s Ethan’s video explaining what TVT did and thanking this awesome school. We need more schools like Tarbut to help us create a sustainable library at CHOC Children’s Hospital! 

Click here to view Ethan’s video thanking Tarbut.
Email to find out more about leading a school book drive or becoming a Thrive Partner school!


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TVT Community Day School is ECBC’s first Thrive Partner school!

img_0160-2How awesome is this?! A couple weeks ago, fifth graders at Tarbut V’Torah (TVT) organized a book drive at their school book fair, and the Lower School collected a total of 250 new, high-quality books for the library that we are building at CHOC Children’s Hospital! Afterwards, the school invited Ethan to their campus and presented him with the books in a very special school assembly. Afterwards, I sent a thank-you note to the school, and in return I received an amazing note from Laura Roth, the principal of TVT’s Lower School. Principal Roth’s note expressed TVT’s commitment to hold an annual book drive to benefit ECBC and CHOC. We are so excited to have our first Thrive Partner school (a commitment to ongoing annual support)! Thank you TVT!  Click here to view Principal Roth’s letter: tarbut-ecbc-thrive-partner-letter

I am sharing this letter in hopes that TVT can hopefully inspire other Orange County schools to get on board and support ECBC’s efforts to build a library for Orange County’s hospitalized kids. Building and maintaining a hospital-based library has some unique demands that include significant built-in loss of books, so we will need to have ongoing support from a variety of sources to create a sustainable library. We’re hoping that Orange County schools can be one key source of support!

Please consider helping your school join Tarbut and become an ECBC Thrive Partner school!  Here are four ways your school can help:

  1. Hold a new book drive at your school. Perhaps get your student leadership on board to organize a school-wide effort.
  2. Collect new books for ECBC as part of your school’s regular book fairs.
  3. Organize a book collection effort for ECBC through your school’s Scholastic Reading Club program.
  4. Collect needed items for Ethan’s Read+Think+Thrive Boxes, which will go to patients at CHOC who are in isolation and can’t borrow books from the Lending Library, as well as to kids battling cancer and life-threatening conditions across the country who have limited access to books. Contact ECBC at ECBC@maxloveproject.org to receive our R+T+T Box Needs List.

* Remember, per hospital policy, all books must be brand new.

Thank you again, TVT, for being our first ECBC Thrive School!