The Kissing Hand- Read this on the first day of kindergarten then make paper hands of the child and parent for each other to always carry with them. the hands of parents can be taped in the kids' cubbies so they can have access whenever
The Giver by Lois Lowry. Is always a favorite for middle school readers. Most students read ahead because they can't put it down. I have parents ask for a copy to finish because they will start reading it when their children have it home!