I took the two exam combo last year. You should be aware that there is now a new version of the CCNA exam; the old one will be retired later this year.
For books, there are two camps: Odom
. Odom is dry and Lammle is superficial. Most people buy the CCNA study books to pass the exam, and Lammle is more than adequate for that. Personally, I found myself referring back to Odom enough to study using his book exclusively.
For hands-on/sim training, your options are a couple of old switches/routers off of ebay, GNS3, Packet Tracer, or other sim vendors. I used the Cisco Learning Labs service and thought it was a pretty good value for money.
Exam strategy: Time management is important. Many tasks can be puzzled out given enough time, and Cisco makes a point of not letting you piddle around. The gotcha of ICND1 is subnetting, and if you can't do that quickly enough, you won't have much luck with ICND2 either. Speed comes from practice, not being lectured in a classroom. The new CCNA will throw even more material into ICND1, so unless you're already doing networking for a living, I'd shoot for knocking out ICND1 first.
#182 TT: 13/DNVT, Precedence: Flash Override. Switch: Node Center. MSE forever.