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

Get tricked out in your Halloween best

Thrift stores can dress up you and your ghoul-friends.

How to find owls in Washington

Searching for owls in Discovery Park with wildlife photographer Paul Bannick.

Music in the mountains: ‘It’s a weather-dependant hobby’

Anastasia Allison of the Musical Mountaineers reflects on making music at the summits.

Satirical ‘Ask A Mexican’ column to end after decade run

Arellano quit the OC Weekly after he was asked by the newspaper’s owner to lay off half of the staff.

Jaw fragment, bloody shirt and stranger things in Everett

The Everett Public Library’s Northwest Room is a treasure trove of oddities.

Acura adds A-Spec model to superb handling TLX in 2018

In an already comfortable and refined interior for all TLX models, the A-Spec embellishes all of it.

Hundreds of ways to pamper your home and yourself

Find fancy fridges to sparkling jewelry under one roof at home and gift shows in Everett.

Most Read