10 Functional & Cool Kids’ Backpacks

Get your kiddo equipped for school with these backpacks that earn high marks for practicality and cool factor

Alejandra Bennett
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Class Act

You may recognize Kipling’s iconic monkey keychain as a classic ‘90s staple, but this new pastel candy-colored version can only be found at Urban Outfitters. This pack was made for the fashion-conscious teen with an active social life—it transitions perfectly from school, to sports, to sleepovers.
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Shining Star

A backpack made for that bright light in your life! This cool iridescent backpack will be sure to make your child stand out as the shining star that he or she is.
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Preschool Perfect

The first day of preschool can be a daunting, for pupil and parent alike. Make sure your little one is feeling extra confident for his or her first day with this friendly-faced dino backpack. With an insulated pocket for snacks, as well as a write-on name tag and pencil holder, your little one will be ready to seize the day.
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Ready for Flight

This backpack is for the kid on the go. Available on J. Crew from brand Flight 001, this cool bright bag rolls up into a little pouch when it’s not being used. The punchy color also ensures it won’t get lost on the playground.
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Alien Intelligence

The perfect backpack for the kiddo with big dreams and an out-of-this-world imagination. This pack features a bright outer space-inspired print and lots of compartments and padded straps–which means the wearer will be ready for any adventure!
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Function meets fashion with this cool backpack from Baggu, available on Anthropologie. This lightweight pack, in a modern and minimalist print, will be the perfect accessory to tote books to and from class.
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Endless Summer

Despite the homework, sports practice, and extracurricular activities, summer break won’t ever feel very far away when your kiddo is using this lovely tropical-inspired backpack from Mossimo Supply Co., available at Target.
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Stellar Pupil

From Pottery Barn Kids, the reliable Fairfax backpack is available for kids little and big. Made from water-resistant polyester, this pack holds everything your kid (no matter his or her size) will need.
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Quick As Lightning

Exclusive to Crate and Kids, this unique and super-cool kids’ backpack will be the envy of the schoolyard. With fun bold stripes and a vibrant lightning bolt detail, this lightweight backpack will allow your little one to comfortably carry their growing list of school supplies.
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One Cool Cat

If there is a pattern-loving diva in your life, look no further than this fabulous leopard-print backpack by Emily and Merrit. Designed with toting heavy books in mind, this oversized backpack has a big main compartment and is made of 16-oz. canvas, making it hardy enough to carry it all.