Best Kids Backpacks for Back-to-School in 2017

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Best Kids Backpacks for Back-to-School in 2017

Picking out just the right backpack is one of the best things about being a student. But with so many options these days, it can be hard to pick the perfect schoolyard staples. 

We’ve done the work for you and found the cutest and coolest back-to-school bags for your kiddos — scroll through and take a look!

Best For Cool Cats

Toca Boca has a fun new gender-neutral line for Target featuring colorful designs like this 16” gray and orange feline backpack. 

Kids don’t have to be familiar with app-based company Toca Boca to love this hilarious kitty cat.

Best Modern Classic

A sturdy backpack that comes in a variety of great prints and colors, Herschel bags are both trendy and classic. 

The kids’ size (9L) is perfect for ages three to six while the youth size (16L) is great for seven and up. A media pocket and headphone port will win over the tech-obsessed kiddo, while parents love the clean design.

Best For A Studious Princess

The Mackenzie Disney Princess backpack is a hot commodity this year! With four different size options starting with the adorable pre-k size (best for kiddos 36-42” tall), plus optional personalization, you’ll really get your money’s worth. 

And your child will feel like royalty on the school bus! The size small is great for kindergarteners approximately 43-49”  tall, the large and rolling options fit kids over 48” tall.

Best Quality Backpack

L.L. Bean is “Guaranteed to Last” and this well-made school bag adheres to that motto. The Original Book Pack has been a brand favorite for nearly 30 years! 

The weatherproof nylon backpack is 16” and 23L (perfect for ages six and up) and available in five colors. It features Scotchlite reflective material for high visibility and a water bottle pocket (a new addition). If you want a durable classic, go with this guy.

Best For Whimsical Little Ones

A top-seller from Skip Hop, this whimsical unicorn backpack is great for little kids. The smaller 12” size is perfect for preschool or kindergarten. 

The Skip Hop Zoo Pack has plenty of pockets, padded straps, and a write-on nametag. Skip Hop also sells coordinating utensils, water bottle, lunch bag, and more. Plus they have lots more animals to choose from!

Best For Stylish Treks

Outdoor apparel brand North Face has a colorful take on the classic student bag. 

The Back to Berkeley backpack features fun accent colors and a vintage design. It’s lightweight and water-resistant — this one’s got it all! Available in four color combos, and there’s also a mini version (19L) for grade schoolers. (The original size (25L) is a good fit for older kids and teens.)

Best Tropical Vibes

Keep the summer going with this fun pineapple print! Mainstay backpack company Jansport puts a fun twist on their classic bag. Plus they’ve updated with a laptop pocket for modern students. 

At 36 L, this is a generous size, perfect for older kids and teenagers with a lot of books to lug.

Best For Tiny Tree-huggers

LEGO has a new eco-friendly backpack that’s actually made from recycled water bottles — a great choice for kids who care about the Earth.

Available in four colors (black, red, pink and blue), this 17” bag works best for bigger kids. It’s ergonomically padded, has reflective features, and the zipper pulls are little LEGOs. So many fun features! What’s not to love?

Best for Shooting Stars

A well-priced option, this Cat & Jack backpack features a laptop pocket, internal organizer, side pockets, and a fun shooting star print. 

It’s out-of-this-world! At 18”, it’s recommended for eight years and up.

Best for Lightsaber-loving Littles

This 17” Star Wars backpack features a cool lightsaber design, plus interior pockets and padded straps and back.

A fun, affordable bag that shows off your child’s interest in epic space battles! 

Best For The Trendy Tween

Patches are so in right now! This chambray bag comes embroidered with palm trees, smiley faces, and more fun stuff. The Joe Boxer backpack also features a magnetic exterior flap and plenty of interior pockets.

 A good pick for the fashion-forward kid. It’s 14” tall so a younger child will have no issues with the size, and an older kid or teen will appreciate the trendy smaller size.

Best For Adorable Animals

Is there a cuter backpack than this elephant pack? If so, we haven’t seen it. 

Designed by artist Michelle Romo for Land of Nod, the youngest kiddos will get a kick out of the fun details on this well-reviewed 12.5” bag. Other animals also available!

Best Hip Floral

The classic skate brand has some super-cool prints for fall, like this dark floral. Other patterns include hearts, American flag, strawberries, and tropical flowers. 

The Realm backpack keeps it simple with two pockets and padded straps. At 22 L it’s a standard size for older elementary and high school students.

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