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Kids' Backpacks and Bags for School: Back to School Trends 2011

Kids' Backpacks and Book Bags for Back to School

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It's time to shop for kids' backpacks. When choosing kids' backpacks, think about your child's needs as well as his fashion sense. Does your kid have to lug around lots of books and supplies? Does your busy girl complain that all her gear is too heavy on her back? Is your kid on the small side but still needs to haul some bits and bobs to school? You need to think about all these factors and more to be sure you find the right kids' backpack. It sounds complicated, but I'll show you what bag to choose for what kid.

Pottery Barn Kids' Mackenzie Backpacks

The Best Backpacks for Kids: Kids' Backpacks and Book Bags for Back to School
potterybarnkids.com

My favorite backpack for kids of all ages is the Mackenzie line of kids' backpacks from Pottery Barn Kids. This line has something for everyone with great colors and patterns for boys and girls, preschool sizes, small backpacks, large backpacks and extra-large rolling backpacks. So choose a size that's appropriate for you kids.

The Pottery Barn Kids' Mackenzie line also has coordinated, soft-sided lunch boxes available. The lunch boxes clip right onto the backs of the backpacks to save room and help kids stay organized.

 

Size:

  • Preschool Backpack--9" wide x 4.5" deep x 11.5" high (Fits children 36–42" tall)
  • Small Backpack--12" wide x 6" deep x 15" high (Fits children 43–49" tall)
  • Large Backpack--13" wide x 7" deep x 17" high (Fits children over 4' tall)
  • Rolling Backpack--13" wide x 7" deep x 19" high (For children with a big haul)

Perfect for: Kids of all ages. Choose the right pattern and size for your child's needs.

Ralph Lauren Big Pony Monogrammed Backpacks

The Best Backpacks for Kids: Kids' Backpacks and Book Bags for Back to School
ralphlauren.com

Available from mid-August, the Ralph Lauren Big Pony Monogrammed Backpacks are every posh tot's dream come true. These brightly colored backpacks featured the iconic RL big pony logo for max style. They are roomy and have lots of orgainzational pockets to keep your favorite gradeschooler organized. 

Size:17½ x 11½ x 6"

Perfect for fashionable gradeschoolers who want to stand out from the pack.

The North Face 'Singletasker' Backpack

The Best Backpacks for Kids: Kids' Backpacks and Book Bags for Back to School
nordstrom.com

This super-stylish backpack by The North Face is big, roomy and all-grown up. It is perfect for older kids who have lots to haul and want to look cool while hauling it all. And it has a laptop compartment to keep your kid's laptop protected and safe.


Size: 12" x 20" x 4 1/2"


Perfect for: Stylish, older kids who need to carry a laptop to and from school.

Roxy Girls Backpacks

The Best Backpacks for Kids: Kids' Backpacks and Book Bags for Back to School
Heather Knoske

The funky kids' backpack by Roxy Girls are loaded with awesome features like multiple storage pockets, cellphone storgae, mesh side pockets for water bottles and more. With their bright colors and in-your-face patterns they are the perfect blend of a fashion backpack and a functional backpack. They are made of a sturdy polyester and nylon blend to withstand not only carrying school books, but surviving the street as well. 

Size: 13" x 7" x 6"


Perfect for: Street smart girls who want a bag that will take them from the street to the classroom in style.

L.L.Bean Original Book Pack

The Best Backpacks for Kids: Kids' Backpacks and Book Bags for Back to School
llbean.com

L.L. Bean's original kids' backpack is still their best. Loaded with features like: a key clip; an organizer panel; a place for lunch money or small treasures; 3M Scotchlite reflective material on both front and straps.


Size: 16" x 13" x 5"


Perfect for: Kids 7 and older

Lands' End ClassMate StudyHaul Backpacks

Lands' End ClassMate StudyHaul Backpacks
landsend.com

ClassMate StudyHaul Backpacks are roomy enough and sturdy enough to haul everything your kid needs for school, sports, sleepovers and more. These backpacks are packed with extra features such as lots of functional pockets, an organizational pouch and side mesh water bottle pockets.

These backpacks are available in a variety of styles to make it easy for you to find the perfect fit for your kid.

Size: 17" x 11 1/2" x 7"

Perfect for: Grade schoolers who are looking for a lightweight backpack to comfortably carry loads of school gear.

Kipling Challenger II

The Best Backpacks for Kids: Kids' Backpacks and Book Bags for Back to School
ebags.com

Kipling bags are lightweight yet durable and always in style. Girls and boys alike love these brightly colored backpacks which hold tons of gear and are comfortable to carry. And don't forget about their iconic monkey key chain fob that comes standard with all Kipling bags.

Size: Approximately 10.25" x 14.25" x 8.25"


Perfect for: Grade schoolers who want a fashionable and functional bag that is lightweight and guaranteed to last.

J World Sweet Kids Rolling Backpack

The Best Backpacks for Kids: Kids' Backpacks and Book Bags for Back to School
ebags.com

Lighten your kids' load with a rolling backpack. This large kids' backpack has tons of space just waiting to be loaded up with books, homework, sports' gear and more. It is available in 4 patterns for girls and boys.


Size: 17.5" x 12" x 8.5"


Perfect for: Kids who have more gear to carry than their backs will allow.

Four Peas School Backpacks and Toddler Backpacks

Back to School Kids' Backpacks: Backpacks for Kids
fourpeasonline.com

Four Peas kids' backpacks and toddler backpacks are getting lots of attention for their fun designs and functionality. Their backpacks are extra-sturdy and are now 100% PVC free. The main compartment has ample room for books, gym clothes and more. And, the additional pockets are ideal for smaller cargo such as cell phones, water bottles and other essentials. Choose from tons of cool designs from fairies to monkeys to motorcycles and more. For extra individuality, monogram your kids' backpacks.

Size:

  • 16" x 13" x 7.5" for the School Backpack
  • 12.5" x 10.5" x 5.5" for the Toddler Backpack
Perfect for: Stylish tots and kids who want a individual look.

 

JanSport SuperBreak

The Best Backpacks for Kids: Kids' Backpacks and Book Bags for Back to School
zappos.com

JanSport's number one selling backpack is back this year and better than ever. Choose from an enormous array of fun colors and patterns to find a backpack your kid is sure to fall in love with. This bag features padded straps as well as a padded back for superior comfort when toting tons of books, gym clothes and other important gear.


Size: 16.75" x 13" x 8.5"


Perfect for: Kids 10 through HS who like colors and patterns and need to carry large amounts of books and supplies but are not looking for too many extra features.

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