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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. From pre-K to high school, here are 20 kids' backpacks that are packed with personality and that can take all the rough-and-tumble fun along the way.
We love that this polyester bag has more than enough room inside for your little one's books, binder, and lunchbox, but it's the outside construction that really makes it a standout. The reinforced base is made of 1,200-denier pack cloth polyester, so it sits upright and won't easily wear down with all of the tossing and dropping they put it through.
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!
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."
With over 800 reviews and a near five-star rating, the L.L. Bean Book Pack still holds its iconic status as a school-day mainstay.
It has the roominess to accommodate kids who have a little too much stuff to lug back and forth, and it comes accented with reflective 3M Scotchlite trimming, so kids walking from the bus stop in the dark can still be seen by motorists. And for just $8 more, you can also monogram this bag with your child's initials to make it truly their own.
Available in a myriad of vibrant patterns, this multicompartment cute backpack is one for the kid with an out-of-this-world style. The oversized front pocket comes with a built-in organizer, and the padded shoulder straps will give your kiddo extra support.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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!
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.
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!
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.
For the little one who's crazy about all things TMNT, this book bag makes going back to school a whole lot cooler. Reviewers love its durability and its unique, hard-shell-encased outer pocket — not only does it look rad, it's actually great for stowing snacks so they don't get crushed!
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.