The books I currently allow use of in my game as a player: Player’s Handbook, Expanded Psionics Handbook.
I use these character sheets. I find the amount of information is a bit more player friendly and outlines things better. Feel free to print and set up your own character and print off the sheet.
A character background is always helpful and adds flavor. Character Background offers some amazing charts and a sheet to print off for your character. I offer a reward of Hero Points to anyone that comes up with a character background.
Currently I am allowing all core races and am adding Goblins, Kobolds, Lizardfolk, and Orcs. However each of the nonstandard races must be approved with me before hand. All core classes are allowed.
Roll 4d6 minus the lowest to determine stats.