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Coolest New Back-to-School Gear

  • Take Note
    This Pencil Pouch will even brighten pop-quiz day. ($10; littlemissmatched.com) Book Jax book covers are designed to let kids show off photos in the reinforced corners. In five other colors. ($5.99 each; Staples stores) Dickies Pencil Case is made of a super-tough fabric, so it'll still look good next spring. ($3.74; Staples stores) Stock up on spiral In Full Bloom 1 Subject Notebooks ($24.99 for 30 in five funky flower designs; amazon.com)

  • Class Action
    Pilot FriXion Erasable Highlighter ($4.99 for three, Staples); Melissa & Doug straight/zigzag scissors ($4.75 for two, amazon.com); Bic standardized-test certified Mechanical Pencil ($3.99 for ten, chain stores); Foot Calculator ($3.99, Staples); Crayola Trayola Twistable Crayons ($17.99 for 48, amazon.com); Cadoozles Fun Mechanical Pencil ($4.29 for ten, Staples); Inkology Rock Star Pen ($25 for 12 assorted guitars, amazon.com)

  • Haul Monitors
    Fleurville's Kid's Messenger has reflective safety accents and can be carried as a tote or backpack. Also in camo print. ($50; fleurville.com) Old Navy's butterfly backpack has a name tag sewn to the outside, upping the odds that it'll survive the whole year. ($14.50; Old Navy stores) Dickies Student Messenger lends a retro vibe for stylin' skater boys. ($24.74; Staples stores) Deuter's Junior Backpack has well-cushioned straps to ease book overload and supremely kid-friendly buckles. ($39; rei.com)

  • Leaders of the Packed
    Nothing can touch? The Slimline Quaddie Lunch Box has four separate sections, and the folding Beetle Spork comes in a case. ($9.99 each; The Container Store) Sugar Booger's insulated You Rock Boy Lunch Bag stays cool and looks cool. ($15; oreoriginals.com) This stainless-steel bottle ($13; threelovelies.com) is also part of the Caterpillar Waste-free Lunch Kit. You'll want to borrow the Gourmet Getaway Tote. ($24.99; containerstore.com)

  • Haul Monitors
    Fleurville's Kid's Messenger has reflective safety accents and can be carried as a tote or backpack. Also in camo print. ($50; fleurville.com) Old Navy's butterfly backpack has a name tag sewn to the outside, upping the odds that it'll survive the whole year. ($14.50; Old Navy stores) Dickies Student Messenger lends a retro vibe for stylin' skater boys. ($24.74; Staples stores) Deuter's Junior Backpack has well-cushioned straps to ease book overload and supremely kid-friendly buckles. ($39; rei.com)

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