Find a backpack to fit every kid’s age and style

  • By Kim Cook Associated Press
  • Friday, August 16, 2013 2:41pm
  • Life

Oh, those boring school days of old. Basic backpacks with so little snap they might as well have been destined for Mom or Dad’s office.

Today’s school supplies are packed with personality, and kids have an imaginative array of gear to choose from as they prep for the start of a new year. Backpacks come in a variety of sizes to fit different toting needs and capabilities.

There are lace and damask designs, camouflage and brick-wall patterns, animal prints, sequins or pastels. Superhero, video game, and music and TV star images hit the pop culture button.

At Pottery Barn Kids, www.pbkids.com, the backpacks range in size from mini to rolling, so you don’t have to worry about your preschooler heading off with a refrigerator-size tote on his back, and the fifth-graders with giant science texts can roll their volumes comfortably back and forth.

Patterns include butterflies, horses, and owls in hip hues like plum and chocolate, along with dinosaur-skeleton and snakeskin prints in browns, grays and blues.

Kohl’s, www.kohls.com, has backpacks for kids from elementary through high school.

“Backpacks are a fashionable and functional way for students to express their personality and show off their style,” said Sofia Wacksman, Kohl’s vice president for trend. “Bright colors and bold prints are a big trend this back-to-school season.”

Girls might like the colored leopard print, boho floral, and fun graphic heart patterns. Plaids, moustaches, leaf prints and skulls round out the range.

A collection of rolling backpacks in fun animal designs such as pandas, frogs and pigs are at eBags, www.ebags.com.

The retailer’s also got a line of appropriately sized, colorful preschooler packs from 03 USA that have handy integrated lunch coolers. Designs include soccer balls, motorcycles and space shuttles.

The Bookworm backpack, also small, has a reflective panel for low-light conditions, and a waterproof layer along the bottom.

More in Life

Everett’s Michael ‘Scooby’ Silva is the leader of the (dog) pack

Since 2012, he’s built a thriving business walking dogs while their owners are at work.

Still looking for that one special recipe for the holidays?

Columnist Jan Roberts-Dominguez shares her traditional recipes for cheese soup and chocolate sauce.

How to saute mushrooms to crispy, browned perfection

Various levels of heat affect our scrumptious fungus: There’s “sweating” and then there’s “sauteing.”

Bob Jepperson’s Wild Love Story

A perfect circle of sounds, pictures and storytelling from the Anacortes author.

Brutally true ‘Montauk’ parallels author’s conflicted real life

The short autofictional novel centers on a weekend tryst the narrator has with a much younger woman.

‘Shape of Water,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ lead Golden Globe nominations

“The Post” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” also collected a number of nominations.

This author is throwing a virtual party for book lovers

Jennifer Bardsley is hosting a Facebook get-together for young-adult book authors and readers.

Getting a glimpse of what’s coming as we age

Everett Public Library reading to help you understand the changes ahead in your elder years.

Bustling Dublin offers big-city sights and Irish charm

The dynamic city has a great story to tell, and people who excel at telling it.

Most Read