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Kids tend to put their book bags through the wringer in school, which is why we're only interested in ones that have the same quality as a backpack a grown-up would carry. Keep in mind that heavy backpacks can cause issues in your child's neck and shoulders over time, so you'll want to make sure they're to help ward off any pain before it starts.
So, aside from making sure your kid's backpack is stylish and functional, you want to make sure you bring home a quality backpack that's designed to go as easy on your kid's back as possible. It's also not a bad idea to keep an eye on what your kid is carrying back and forth to school to make sure there aren't books or binders in the book bag that don't need to be there. Lightening up their load can really help!
Ready to choose the perfect backpack for your kid? From pre-K to high school, here are 21 kids' backpacks that are packed with personality and can take all the rough-and-tumble fun along the way.
Are you behind on back-to-school shopping? Snatch up a brand-new, quality backpack of your kid's dreams to kick up the excitement around school before the first bell even rings. There are so many styles and sizes to choose from, it'll be hard to pick just one!
There are just some kids who only want a basic black backpack. If that's the case in your home, your little one likely wants this classic style from JanSport. If he changes his mind later, he can always jazz it up with cool keychains or patches!
We love the modern silhouette of the Curve Backpack, which looks sleeker and less bulky than other models. Three external pockets on this polyester pack will hold your kid's small, medium, and large daily essentials, while an internal pocket will keep lunch money and devices safely stashed.
Herschel Supply Co. makes high-quality book bags that maintain a classic look year after year. The fleece-lined interior and padded laptop pocket allow for safer toting of electronics to and from school. Plus, the reinforced bottom will stand up to your kid's less-than-careful handling!
This insanely cool backpack looks just like an original Nintendo Game Boy. Want to know what really makes this backpack stand out? It features a USB charger, so he can keep his electronics fully charged at all times. Plus, this backpack converts, so he can wear it as an over-the-shoulder bag (or carry it briefcase-style), too.
Kids and teens love using folders and supplies in bright colors to make their backpack stand out in a unique way, so why not show them off when they're on the go, too? This one's roomy enough to fit all of those heavy textbooks!
Sometimes, it's good to give your kid options when it comes to carrying. Books, binders, and lunch can cause little backs to bend in ways that aren't the healthiest. Let your kid break up the routine with a backpack that can be rolled to the bus, then worn like a traditional backpack "like all the other kids."
This user-favorite backpack comes equipped with two front pockets, padded shoulder straps, and a bottom that's lined with durable leather for a rugged look with a practical purpose.
If you know your kid is the type to toss the backpack around, consider a backpack from Garnet Hill. The bold patterns will keep the fabric looking bright and clean, even when it's due for a wash. Garnet Hill backpacks are durable, and this one was made with 16 recycled plastic bottles.
Does your kiddo have to wake up at the crack of dawn to catch the bus? Strap this waterproof backpack on his back and rest easier on the walk down to the bus stop, knowing the reflectors will make it easier for bikers and cars to stay in their lane.
This is the best backpack option for a middle school girl. The dark color will keep her "cool" and the fun prints will show everyone she knows what's trendy right now. The donuts, ice cream cones, unicorns, and rainbows offer an edgy nostalgia factor to a typical black backpack. She'll love it!
The North Face's kids’ products are just as exceptionally crafted as those from their adult line. In fact, this bag is just a smaller (and more colorful) version of the user-favorite! The book bag offers plenty of storage pockets for everything a child could need.
If you have a kid in elementary school (or — gasp! — middle school), you know that emotions are often all over the place! That aside, kids of all ages are totally obsessed with emojis. We love this spacious backpack studded with the familiar faces. From pizza to a hair flip, your kiddo won't have a problem expressing herself with this backpack.
Give your little fashionista a backpack that she can rock and roll into class with. We love the cool blue with sparkling hot pink accents. It easily transforms from a rolling bag to a traditional backpack, so she can wear it however she wants!
This LEGO backpack is the perfect option for kids who aren't afraid of a pop of color. This water-resistant bag includes water bottle holders, a laptop pocket, and a spacious front pocket.
Here's a cute rolling backpack for animal-lovers that comes with a matching lunch bag. From leopards to zebras, your kid will love feeling like a safari is right on her back!
When it comes to elementary schoolers and younger, you can't do much better than the bags from the parent-favorite brand, Skip Hop. Available in a whole menagerie of whimsical creatures (including this adorable hedgehog!), it features two external pockets, slim, padded shoulder straps, and just enough room for lunch, books, and their favorite toy.
This backpack sports adorable pastel hues that would blend right in in any West Coast hallway. There are pockets on the inside and a roomy pouch on the outside so your little munchkin can keep all of her necessities well organized for Kindergarten. You'll appreciate the buckle, which will keep some of the weight off of her back!
Give your lover of all-things Shopkins a sturdy back to carry heftier supplies. This canvas bag should last the entire school year, especially with the locker loop that keeps it off the ground!
Frozen 2 is in the works, and Frozen is now open on Broadway, so gear related to the first film is definitely not out of style! This Frozen-themed backpack is still a hot item for fans of the film. Who better to make the first day of school a bit easier than Elsa herself? Plus, this backpack comes with a lunch box, pencil pouch, drawstring bag, and water bottle.
With sizes available for pre-K all the way up to incoming high schoolers, you can choose the version of the Mackenzie bag that best fits your kid's workload. Constructed of 600-denier water-resistant polyester, the bag includes ample storage options, plus external straps for attaching their lunch box to it.