peer book recommendations - fun idea for beginning of the year, too - maybe a book you read over the summer. Also, could do this with peer music recommendations. I could restrict to certain genres or artistic periods.
Great book for the first day of school; Realistic fiction I want this book for a fun read aloud for the first or second day of school. Its a quirky story of a kid who is going to school for his first day and gets in some sticky situations.