• Shopping: The Best Backpacks For Back-To-School 2014

    Our guide to the season’s coolest backpacks is sure to please students of every age–from tots to tweens

    By New York Family

    By Rachel Simons

    School supply and textbook lists are always long, so you’re going to need a backpack that can hold it all! Here is a short list of backpacks that will please everyone from the toddler just starting preschool to the high-schooler who just can’t wait to graduate.

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      Teacher’s Pet Backpack by Land of Nod: Perfect for the kindergarten classroom, these cute animal backpacks come in five different styles (a fox, bunny, panda, lion, and elephant) designed by Michelle Romo as a Land of Nod exclusive! Meant for ages three and up, the backpacks are made from easy to clean polyester with padded straps, a carrying handle, and a main compartment and front pocket both with zip closures. There is even a name tag under the top flap so your child can write their name and truly make it their own! $29, landofnod.com

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      NYC Map Flap Subway Backpack by NYC Subway Line:
      Minimalist yet also iconic, this polyester backpack has a full color NYC subway map on the front flap with plenty of storage both inside and out. Including a side cellphone pocket, an inner security strap for your laptop and books, pencil holders, a clear ID holder and both exterior and interior pockets, this backpack will keep your things safe and organized through even the longest commutes. $19.99, nycsubwayline.net

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      Seoul Print Backpack by Kipling:
      Coming in a variety of eclectic colors and patterns, the Seoul (as seen on the cover of new York Family's September 2014 issue) has a main zipped compartment with a laptop pocket, a front pocket containing two pen sleeves, a cell phone pocket, an iPod holder, another internal pocket, and a top zippered pocket great for smaller items. With the signature Kipling monkey key chain and a water-resistant crinkle nylon exterior, your little artist will be ready for all craft projects while expressing their personal style at the same time! $79.99, kipling-usa.com

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      Zoo Packs by Skip Hop:
      Even if your little one isn’t attending actual classes, these adorable preschool backpacks are a perfect companion to fill with delicious snacks and their favorite toys. Featured in 18 different animal designs, (including a dinosaur, bee, cat, owl, and penguin) these packs have a main compartment, an insulated front pocket for snacks, and an adjustable mesh water bottle pouch. Guaranteed BPA- and Phthalate-free, Zoo Packs are recommended for ages 3and up. $20, skiphop.com

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      Little Kid Backpacks by Beatrix New York:
      Stylish and cute, these twelve character backpacks (including a robot, a whale, an ice cream cone and a poodle) are meant for ages 2-4 and are constructed from nylon and mess-minimizing laminated canvas. A large interior and smaller zipped pocket inside means that this bag is perfect for any and all activities! $42, beatrixny.com

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      Minecraft Creeper Backpack:
      If your child is a fan of the popular game Minecraft, they will love this spacious creeper backpack! 100 percent polyester and water resistant with three different zippered compartments, this backpack might even make kids see school as the next big adventure! $39.99, thinkgeek.com

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      Rainbow Stripe Backpack by Loungefly for Hello Kitty:
      In bright Technicolor stripes, this Hello Kitty backpack with giant bow and ears definitely packs a punch fashion-wise. A main compartment and front zip up pouch also make it easy to organize your text books so that you can have more time to focus on your outfit in the morning! $45, sanrio.com

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      Print ClassMate Backpack by Land’s End:
      For the parent who wants their child’s backpack to be extra heavy duty. The pack comes with padded straps and back panels, a reinforced base made of 1,200-denier polyester pack cloth, an adjustable sternum strap, reflective trim for extra visibility, and two loops on the top and bottom to clip on extra stuff like a lunch box or a key chain. Along with three compartments and two side pouches, this bag has you covered for the school year. $22.99, landsend.com

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      Boom box Backpack by Mojo Backpacks:
      Back in the 90’s, having a great boom box system was the sign of a true music lover. Now, music devices fit in the palms of our hands, but this backpack still looks just as cool. The main compartment has reinforced back and bottom panels and the speakers open up with zippers to reveal front pockets. How awesome is that? $48, mojobackpacks.com

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      Robbery Backpack by Tokidoki:
      Robbery is bad, but this illustrated backpack is definitely criminally cute! With two zippered front pockets, a main compartment with four inner pockets, a drawstring closure top, and a flap that snaps shut over everything, your loot will be safe and sound while you make a quick getaway! $108, shop.tokidoki.it

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      Kids' Converse Chuck Patch Backpack by Converse:
      Converse shoes have always been a wardrobe staple for kids, and now they can show off their style with this great backpack too! With the classic Chuck Taylor All Star patch in the front and a shoelace zip opening and closing the main compartment, this backpack is full of both old and new school cool. $40, finishline.com

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      Nike Cheyenne Kids’ Backpack:
      This pack (which comes in an array of colors—making it perfect for a boy or a girl—features a tough shell with a spacious interior. The pack also has padded shoulder straps, a sturdy and water-resistant tarpaulin bottom, an a handy mesh pocket inside to keep things organized. $40, store.nike.com