Babble Best Picks:
Kids Backpacks 2011
Sure, your kids will have new pencils and binders and jeans, but we all know they're most excited about their brand-new back-to-school backpacks. Whether your little ones are heading out to preschool this year (sniff) or need something uber-cool for their brand new middle-school hallways (sniff, sniff), we found the ultimate school bag choices to flaunt their inner coolness and sense of style. (And to be organized and studious, of course.) Make sure to check out our readers' choice section for even more of the hottest backpacks, and, if we missed one, nominate your favorites here.
- Michelle Horton
Best for Preschool | Skip Hop Zoo Packs
I bought my son his little doggie Zoo Pack when he was a mere 18 months old, and even though it was a little too big for him to wear on his back, it became a part of our daily gear. Whether he was toting his lunch to daycare or stuffing the pack full of toys for grandma's house, the little dog was by his side. (In fact, he loved it so much that my sister made him a winter hat to match.) My son quickly grew into his Skip Hop Zoo Pack, and it's still in pristine condition for when he heads off to nursery school next month. It's small enough for him to wear around, yet roomy enough to carry all of his must-have toys, clothes, blankies, wipes, snacks, etc. on a daily basis. And with 10 adorable styles to choose from - the newest being the achingly precious fox and elephant - there's something for every kid. The hardest part is choosing which one.
Readers’ Choice | GoVinci Backpack
Do you have watercolor paintings and doodles all over your house? Does your Picasso-in-training insist on prominently displaying his latest masterpiece? The GoVinci backpack (perfect for the preschool/kindergarten age) allows kids to show off their favorite works of art in a special window, which can easily be changed as often as they break out the paint and markers. And it’s absolutely perfect for travel since the hard-cased backpack doubles as an on-the-go drawing table. It might not be big enough to tote around all those textbooks, but it’s the perfect size for a few art supplies, toys, and snacks. Plus it encourages kids to express their artistic abilities and personal style, which is plain awesome.