I got switched to 3rd grade last year and used chair pockets. My friend gave them me some that she had made, because she got switched to middle school. I hate desks! -the messiness -the "I can't find ..." -the slamming of the lids. These worked out great and the hold a lot. As far as books all of my students have book boxes, that are like magazine boxes, but plastic. You can get them at Really Good Stuff or Oriental Trading. Good Luck!!