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- Jon Whittle
- Jon Whittle
What a Hoot!
When your little one is ready to leave the nest for preschool, send him off with this adorable and safe (it's BPA-Free, Phthalate-free, PVC Free) little Owl backpack from Skip Hop. The main compartment is big enough to fit his school supplies, plus there's an adjustable mesh bottle pocket and an insulated pouch to stash snacks.
Your tiny dancer will flip over this girly pack featuring three ballerinas with sparkly, pop-out tutus. Personalize the bag with her name (up to eight characters) and fill it up with books for school -- or slippers and skirts for dance class.
Kids will love the vibrant colors; parents will love LL Bean's classic durable design. This backpack is big enough to fit notebooks and folders, but still compact enough for small bodies. The front is outfitted with reflective material to make sure your kiddo is visible even after the sun sets.
- Room It Up
Mini-fashionista Suri Cruise was photographed carrying this adorable doggy bag, which will be a kid favorite thanks to its floppy ears and straps that can be adjusted into a backpack or handbag. The best part: it's made of corduroy so you can throw it in the wash for easy cleaning.
School of Rock
This Gymboree backpack has pockets galore, but what she'll really love is that it was designed with the rocker girl in mind. With metallic electric guitars screenprinted on the outside, the backpack has an inside MP3 player pocket and earphones slot so she can rock out whenever wherever.
The popular Percival dino bag comes in a smaller preschool version too, but we prefer the green big kid version, which doesn't show dirt as much. Made of durable nylon fabric, the large main compartment can hold textbooks, notebooks, a laptop, and more.
Peace of Mind
This Old Navy pack is a great bag for your buck, with all the space she'll need for binders, books, folders, and more. A headphone opening at the top will keep her connected to her favorite songs, while multiple compartments and handy outside pockets make sure everything has its place.
This affordable LEGO Bionicles backpack will be a hit with your sci-fi guy. Cool reflective eyes and shoulder straps keep him visible on dark days, while the fully water-repellent, molded material ensures that his precious cargo is protected too.
Back for Good
The modern mesh-and-foam design guarantees that the Osprey Jet Day Pack will be comfy to carry, even when it's crammed with textbooks. There's a pouch for a water bottle, and the stretchy front pocket holds frequently used items, or just those little treasures he always seems to find.
Leader of the Pack
With a wide, adjustable strap that fits snugly across the body, the Heatwave Messenger Bag is the ultimate in big-kid cool. The main compartment is huge; the front panel has slots for a calculator, pens, and more, so your guy will be organized this fall. Okay, more organized than he was last year.
- Jon Whittle
Bag, You're It!
Just the right size for the early-elementary crowd, this globally inspired Kid's Messenger Bag can be worn across the body, or on the back, with the attached straps. It also comes with a removable insulated lunch bag and reflective tape for extra visibility on those short, dark December days.
Spiderman, Wolverine, The Hulk -- all of your comic book fan's favorite Marvel superheroes are here. There's a large main section, a front pouch and two side mesh pockets, plus a padded back and straps to prevent sore shoulders. Every hero has a weakness, right?
For the girl who wants to make a fashion statement, check out this chic option from Justice. She'll love the Chanel-inspired quilted design that proudly showcases her initial. Even the back view is stylish, with blue, white and pink stripes and heart-shaped embroidery.
The black-and-white design and edgy print (brass knuckles, roses, stars) of the Yak Pak Tattoo backpack give it a grown-up feel, just the thing for tweens who want the opposite of what their little sib is toting. Water-resistant fabric and reinforced straps and seams make this a bang-up budget bag.
- Jon Whittle
The Keen Skyline backpack is a classic that'll last for years: perfect for holding an early reader when your kid is just starting out, yet big enough for all the binders she'll be lugging down the road. The crisscross bungee cord on the front is ideal for stashing jackets and hats, too.
The psychedelic pattern on the Hadaki Santa Fe Cool Backpack will earn your young fashionista plenty of compliments at the bus stop. The soft, shiny vinyl is easy to wipe clean and made from earth-friendly, phthalate-free material. It has two net grab-all pockets on the sides, too.
Made in Japan, this cotton drawstring backpack is a rare find. With an easy-open front pouch, the size is just right for preschoolers with light loads to carry. We absolutely love the charming pattern -- jumping monkeys with colorful balloons.
Your skater will love to ride with this awesome skateboard-print messenger bag from 77Kids. Made of lightweight fabric, the bag's front flap clips close to keep notebooks in place and has adjustable cross-body strap to fit comfortably when it's time to hit the pavement.
This backpack pulls double duty, making it easy for your athlete to go from class to the field. There's space for textbooks, cleats, a water bottle -- even a soccer or basketball thanks to the large mesh ball pocket. The bag exterior is made of water-resistant material and includes mesh pockets to air out sweaty gear.
Roxy's Meander backpack has that weathered I've-been-backpacking-through-Europe vibe your teen covets. The adjustable straps can be converted from a backpack to a shoulder bag, and the two front pockets are perfect for storing small trinkets. Don't worry about keeping it squeaky clean -- the wear and tear will only add to its rustic appeal.
PB Teens' Bejewel Gear-Up Rolling Backpack is a safe (and stylish!) option for hauling heavy textbooks. It boosts plenty of pockets, a MP3 holder and headphone port, and a padded laptop pocket. Made of rugged polyester, this backpack doubles as a great travel carry-on too.