The Best Kids’ Backpacks for Back-to-School at Every Price Range

Back-to-school preparations are in full swing with orientations and teacher meet-and-greets on the calendar. My kids are ready for the routine, but I’m not sure I’m ready to mark the passing of another milestone. Yet, here we are, and it’s coming whether I’m ready or not. My daughter’s school offers a package deal for school supplies, so a box is delivered to her classroom on the first day of school. It’s incredibly convenient, so the only thing we really need to purchase is a backpack and school lunchbox.

If purchasing a backpack is also part of your back-to-school to-do list, we’ve rounded up some of the season’s cutest backpacks with sizing and quality needs in mind. If you have a toddler going to preschool, your backpack can be smaller since you’ll only need to fit items like a change of clothes, maybe a water bottle, or a snack. Winter supplies like snow pants and boots probably aren’t going to fit and will likely need a separate tote when the time comes.

But for kids off to kindergarten and older, their backpack needs to at least fit a full-size folder and lunchbox with bonus space for sneakers and a library book. Plus, you want the backpack to offer enough padding for their shoulders and support for their tiny frame.

From critters to classics, these are options your kids will love and offer the space they need (with styles you can live with). Many offer personalization options for initials or patches. Plus, high-quality materials means they can grow beyond one school year.


Backpacks Under $20


Backpacks Under $40


Backpacks Over $40


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