Back-to-school backpacks for kids

By Ian J. Stark

Time to reverse that old chant -- during the dog days of August, when families start their back-to-school shopping, "no more pencils, no more books" makes way for "brand-new pencils, brand-new books." And, of course, kids need something to keep all those pencils and books in.

Which often means a brand-new backpack.

Here are some backpack suggestions for every age....

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Time to reverse that old chant -- during the dog days of August, when families start their back-to-school shopping, "no more pencils, no more books" makes way for "brand-new pencils, brand-new books." And, of course, kids need something to keep all those pencils and books in.

Which often means a brand-new backpack.

Here are some backpack suggestions for every age.

Baby Shark Plush Backpack

Photo Credit: Walmart

This Baby Shark backpack is lightweight with adjustable straps, perfect for little ones. Inside, kids can store small books and supplies, toys and more. The backpacks are available in blue, pink and yellow; $14.99;

The Spiketus Rex: ‘Rainbows and Unicorns’

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A centerpiece for the MadPax company, the Spiketus Rex bag is a head-turner because -- well, it's got foam spikes poking out at several angles -- not something one sees every day. If that's not flashy enough, they can be purchased in a number of colors, styles and surfaces. Hot for this season: The "Rainbows and Unicorns" look; $69;

Fortnite Amplify Backpack and Lunch Kit

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This bright backpack features some of the Fortnite video game dances. It has a special pocket for laptops, as well as an exterior pocket to hold phones or headphones. The matching lunchbox is insulated and keeps food warm or cold; $24.99 for the backpack, $12.99 for the lunchbox;


Ombre Initial Shaky Backpack

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This backpack combines ombre color, sequins and glitter with two zipper compartments, two side pockets and a pompom keychain. It also comes with a large initial accent; $39.90;

Reversible Sequin Metallic Leather Backpack

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The top half of this trendy bag is shiny metallic leather and the bottom half is covered in sparkly rainbow sequins. When kids swipe up or down on the sequins, they flip and change color. The backpack is available in two different sequin colors; $20;

Camo Astronaut Backpack

Photo Credit: OshKosh B'gosh

Kids don't have to choose between having a camouflage or space themed backpack because this one has both. Astronauts float across the camo fabric on the front with a bright red pocket. The inside of the backpack can fit all students' school supplies and also has smaller interior pockets; $34;

Lion King Backpack

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With more than three different pockets, this backpack will store everything kids need during the school day. It features characters from "The Lion King" printed on its teal green fabric, and a vibrant yellow handle on the front; $16;

Stowaway Backpack

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This lightweight backpack has lots of space for storage and folds in to its own front pocket when it's not in use. The bag comes in eight styles, including polka dots, stripes and floral patterns; $54;

The Defender on Right: ‘Clean Slate’

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The Defender pack is designed with a sleek style shaped like padding. Available in three sizes to accommodate different-sized kids, it's available in various colors, with this year's hot ticket called "Clean Slate;" $85;

Unicorn Backpack with Hood

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Students wearing this trendy unicorn backpack won't be missed in the hallways. It's covered in sparkly seqins and features an attatched fluffy, pink hood with ears to keep kids' heads warm during the chilly fall and winter seasons; $19.99;

Itty Bittys Batman Backpack

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Little student's can store their books, supplies and even toys in this Batman backpack. It features adjustable straps so it can grow along with kids throughout the school year. The Itty Bitty backpacks also come in Elmo, Ariel, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Olaf; $24.99;

Drawstring Backpack

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Perfect for after school activities, Shutterfly's drawstring backpacks can be personalized with your child's and come in a variety of designs like pink cameoflauge, ballet shoes, cars, sharks and more. Photos can be added to the bags, as well; $14.99;

Pack Leader Backpack

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This backpack features multiple roomy pockets to fit all kids' school supplies, and a special 15-inch laptop sleeve. The bag's straps have shoulder pads for extra comfort, which also distributes weight evenly due to its unique U-shape. The backpack comes in five styles, such as black stripes, pink stripes and rainbow stripes; $58;

Holographic Unicorn Backpack

Photo Credit: OshKosh B'gosh

This bag is covered in shiny, holographic fabric with a unicorn face and 3D horn on the outside pocket. The backpack also featured padded, adjustable straps, interior pockets and a mesh side pocket perfect to store a water bottle; $34;

Cat & Jack: Unicorn

Photo Credit: Target

With prancing unicorns dancing all over the bag, it's a festive piece -- not to mention that the "Embrace Your Inner Unicorn" mantra is scrawled across the surface that faces one's back. Able to hold a 17-inch laptop, it's got a mesh side pocket and a smart zipper pull starring a smiling 'corn; $22.99;

‘Narwhal’ backpack

Photo Credit: Skip Hop

Inspired by the horned whale, the narwhal edition of the Skip Hop Little Kid Backpacks, this bag is intended for kids ages three and older. Its front pouch--which includes extra pockets--can handle anything from snacks to school supplies, while its mesh side pocket can hold all types of liquid containers. The pack is easy on little shoulders with padded straps, and the main compartment is really roomy; $20;

Bahia backpack

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With a zip-top closure and exterior pocket, the Bahia Backpack is suitable for students or anyone else looking for style that carries. The look is special too, with saturated prints and a gold handle; $98;

‘Clearly There’ backpacks

Photo Credit: Pottery Barn Teen

New from PB Teen, the "Clearly There" collection offers hip-looking packs and crossbody bags that come in a trio of transparent styles: clear, translucent iridescent and sequin. It's also clearly comfy, with cotton straps, and it's got both a spacious interior and a zipper closure; $89.50;

Fortnite backpack

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The game is a worldwide phenomenon, making a backpack that calls back to the online combat contest a cool thing to have for sure. Intended for kids ages ten an older, it's got an adjustable strap and a padded laptop pocket good for devices as large as 18 inches; $29.99;

‘Dillon Dragon’ backpack

Photo Credit: Skip Hop

For kids ages three and older, this dragon-inspired insulated backpack has a side pocket that adjusts to carry different-sized drinks, while the front pouch is good to carry all sorts of items. The straps are padded, the main compartment is spacious and there's even a nametag inside; $20;

Jetpack backpack

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It'll be a daily blast-off to and from school with this rocket-inspired backpack that features fabric fire that flaps in the breeze. It has a large interior and rear pockets; $50 at

Bixbee Fairy Flyer

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Preschoolers want backpacks, too, and this one is made for ages 3 to 6. The Bixbee Fairy Flyer has horizontal butterfly wings with LED lights that flash on and off. Comes in shades of pink and purple; $43.99 at