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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.