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Back-to-School Backpacks for Every Age

Backpacks are essential for carrying home A's! Find the best one for your child.


When it comes to back to school shopping, a new backpack is on the must-have list for many kids.

Here are picks for the best backpacks for every age:


Mad Pax makes funky backpacks in four sizes that are just right for younger kids.

Skip Hop Zoo Packs are perfect "first" backpacks for the pre-schools set with a variety of animal choices from ladybugs to sharks.

Young Elementary School

Hannah Anderson has a ton of whimsical designs in their sturdy "Be Right" backpack collection, which comes with a handle to attach a matching lunch bag as well.

Garnet Hill offers two great choices for younger kids: a smaller Backpack Jr. for ages 4+,  as well as larger backpacks for ages 7+, both available a variety of bright colors and fun designs.

Older Elementary School

Lands End has updated styles perfect for older kids, in small, medium and large sizes, all featuring sturdy construction made to last.

Pottery Barn Kids provides a choice of four sizes - rolling, large, small and mini, as well as a range of fun designs from butterflies to dinos.

Middle School

High Sierra makes backpacks that are perfect for tweens with plenty of room for books and binders, convenient "grab handles," and durable water-resistant fabrics.

LL Bean features styling, colors and patterns suited to this age group, making these packs perfect for ages 10+. Pictured here in Starry Night is the Deluxe Bookpack, their most popular backback since 1989. $39.95.

High School

JanSport backpacks are built to last, and even carry a lifetime warranty. Available in sizes small to extra large, the large and extra large sizes are best suited for high school students. There are lots of style and color options, and several have a dedicated laptop compartment.

North Face has a range of backpacks for high school students, including two new styles this season (Router Charged and Surge II) which have dedicated laptop compartments and power supplies to recharge electronic devices. Pictured here is Router Charged, $249.


Do your kids have a favorite backpack? Let us know in the comments!

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