Top 5 Backpacks for Grade-Schoolers

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The excitement of the back to school season is already upon us, which means it’s the time of year to start searching for a new backpack. For the little ones who will be starting their first year of school, or are excitedly going back to a higher grade in elementary school, a proper and safe fitting backpack is essential. But once you’ve found an adequately-sized backpack, the next hurdle is finding a style that they’ll actually want to wear. Below are the top 5 backpacks for grade-schoolers that we think your little ones will be excited to wear on their first day of classes.

The North Face Youth Recon Squash

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Offered in various colour selections, this pint-sized school bag is perfect for school days, field trips, and weekend sleepovers. It’s the perfect size to haul text books and pencil cases, with some extra room for gym clothes. The Recon Squash is equipped with a sternum strap that allows for a secure fit and features a reflective bike-light loop, for the safest bike rides home from school. A convenient mesh water bottle pocket keeps water within easy reach.

Burton Kid’s Metalhead 18L Backpack


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This multi-purpose backpack is the perfect size for elementary school children. The two zippered pockets on the sides are ideal for storing small essentials. One of the pockets is equipped with an insulated cooler lining, which is perfect for keeping a water bottle or juice box cold. They can keep their sunglasses safe and secure in a fleece-lined external pocket so that they are ready for a sunny stroll home when the bell rings.

Herschel Supply Co. Youth Heritage Backpack

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This backpack is for the little ones looking to flaunt their style in the schoolyard. Boasting a classic Herschel look, the youth Heritage backpack is designed specifically for children ages 7 and up. They can keep a water bottle readily available in a side mesh pocket and store their house keys or pencil sharpeners in the zippered front pocket. 

Fjällräven Räven Mini Backpack

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This stylish and practical backpack will help get your little one from their first day at school into the forest on the weekend for a nature walk. Padded shoulder straps ensure comfort while a sternum strap keeps the backpack securely in place. A large, zippered main compartment keeps books and pencil cases safe while side pockets can store their water bottles or snacks. 

JanSport Disney High Stakes 25L Backpack

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Are your kids Disney fans? If they are, they will be sure to love this JanSport classic with a Disney twist. They can store their books and pencil cases inside the large main compartment and keep small snacks, crayons, and keys secure in the front utility pocket. Padded shoulder straps add comfort, and JanSport’s use of premium fabrics enhances these backpack’s durability.

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