Time to gear up for back-to-school shopping, and along with that comes the question of backpacks.  With a little bit of luck, a good backpack can last throughout the year, in spite of the beating it takes.

With today's stylish and sturdy backpacks, there should be the perfect one out there for just about any kid.  Here's a few from our list to consider:


Best Backpack for Early Elementary

Stephen Joseph Sidekicks
$27.44 at Wayfair.com

For early elementary students, the Sidekick collection backpacks are fun and durable with variety of designs. Front zipper pouch, mesh side pockets and cushioned, adjustable shoulder straps add comfort and convenience.



Best Backpack for Late Elementary to Early Middle Schoolers

MacKenzie Large Backpack
$45.50 at Potterybarnkids.com

For ages 8 - 12, this is a spacious backpack for kids who want to carry everything from books to clothing to water bottles.  Comfortable and easy to wear, it comes in a huge assortment of patterns.



The Coolest Kid at the Bus Stop Backpack


MadPax Spiketus Rex Backpack
Assorted sizes from 'Nibbler to Full Size', prices ranging from $32 to $60 online at Madpax.com

Ages 5 and up.  Pack your books or guard your gear with attitude!  Unique and functional, what kid wouldn't want it?



Best High School/College Backpack

Grip by High Sierra Rift
$49.99 at Target stores.

Large capacity with padded protective computer sleeve.  Multiple compartments for organization, mesh side beverage pocket.  Adjustable side compression straps stabilize heavy loads.  Perfect for the busy high schooler.


Back to School Expo

School starts in August and we are getting you prepared this July! On Saturday, July 26, 2014, come out to the 5th annual Back to School Expo at Eastland Mall from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. sponsored by EVSC.

Teachers, parents and children – come check out the the new features for this year’s classroom and students. Maximize your back to school shopping for grade school thru college.