Cereal boxes make great book boxes for each student. At the beginning of the year, I ask parents to send in cereal boxes. It only takes 1-2 weeks to collect enough for each student. I then cut off the top of the box, and cut diagonally across each side to make it look like a magazine holder. I just stick on a name tag for each student. They could be covered in contact paper, but I find the kids like to read the outside of the box, and they generally last all year without reinforcement. If they do get crushed or worn, they can be replaced easily. At the end of the year, the boxes can be thrown away or sent home with students.