Well!  I'm not jealous or anything (maybe a little) but back when I was going to school we only had brown paper bags to cover our books.  This idea will add a little color and personality to your schoolbooks and it's SO easy!  Just recycle a gift bag (of the right size, of course) and you will have unique school books that stand out from the rest.I remember saving the comics section of our Sunday newspaper at the end of August so I would have "colorful" covered books.  Creative, yes, but this idea from artistshelpingchildren.org takes the cake!

If you are old school or if your children are artistic and like to doodle, I've included the  brown paper bag version of covering books too.  Same concept, different material :)

Decorated version of brown paper bag:

Plain brown paper bag: