Solve your back-to-school shopping problems with these smart and fun styles that'll please even the toughest audience (hint: budding fashion-plates).

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This adorable backpack packs a big punch for its petite size. With a durable nylon exterior and plenty of pockets inside and out for organization, this pick is smart and sturdy.Available in five colors. To buy: $40, gap.com.
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gap.com

Gap Printed Junior Backpack Navy

This adorable backpack packs a big punch for its petite size. With a durable nylon exterior and plenty of pockets inside and out for organization, this pick is smart and sturdy.

Available in five colors.

To buy: $40, gap.com.

dillards.com

Levi’s Lost Coast Backpack Purple

Let this sizable, confetti-flecked pack be your go-to for the tween in your life: whether toting school books or packing an overnight bag for the weekend, it’s just the right size and lightweight, too.

To buy: $40, dillards.com.

oldnavy.com

Old Navy Red Floral Messenger Bag

Big enough for a full set of books and binders, yet manageable enough for a youngster, it’ll be hard not to stand out from the group with this sassy, printed bag.

To buy: $15, oldnavy.com.

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Baggu Sailor Stripe Backpack

Made of durable organic cotton, this knapsack style can be washed for easy cleaning—so there’s no need to worry about bringing along a separate bag for ballet slippers or a baseball glove.

To buy: $38, baggu.com.

zappos.com

Fjallraven Kanken Mini Coral

Touted for its practicality, this water-repellent style works well for carrying along snacks or toys on a long car ride, as well as carting school essentials during the week. The top handles and backpack straps make it easy to carry.

To buy: $65, zappos.com.

herschelsupply.com

Herschel Heritage Backpack Navy Kingston

This cult-favorite style features a cool new take on the tropical print, making it a crowd-pleaser for even the toughest critic... or tween.

To buy: $40, herschelsupply.com.

tillys.com

Jansport Right Pack Grey Varsity Felt

Classic for good reason, this storied style features just enough organization and a roomy interior. For a fresh update, wool and denim give this traditional backpack collegiate appeal, creating a look that’s masculine, but cool and edgy too.

To buy: $64, tillys.com.

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Pottery Barn Kids Mackenzie Pink Geo Backpack

Smarter than it looks, this pretty, tike-sized backpack features a padded backside and snap closures across the straps and zippers. So nothing will keep your little one from skipping off to recess.

To buy: $30, potterybarnkids.com.

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Lands’ End Solid Campus Flap-over Backpack Red

This spacious camper style offers a retro-inspired and cool alternative to the too-stuffed backpack. Best of all, it’s a great takeaway for next year's summer camp, too.

To buy: $44, landsend.com.