School Issues Gimme, Gimme!: Back to School Backpack Roundup « Previous Next » Stacey Winconek • August 30, 2011 Add Comment Tweet Durable, versatile and comfortable: Three things every backpack should be. After all, your kids lug their entire school lives around in their backpack – they need something that will last! Yes, there are thousands to choose from, but many of them don’t hold up. So, for the last-minute back-to-school shoppers who are still searching for "the one," here are three of Metro Parent’s fave backpacks that you and your kid will love! Rookies "Look, mom – it’s so cute!" Chances are that’s your kid’s first response when she sees the Dante Beatrix papar embroidered backpack. So, since the first day of preschool or kindergarten can be overwhelming for your little one, why not send her off with an embroidered owl backpack she’ll love? You’ll love it, too, for the padded shoulder straps and a large interior that make it comfortable for carrying and storage. It’s safe, too – PVC-free, lead-free and phthalate-free. Purchase Dante Beatrix backpacks at Elephant Ears in Ann Arbor for $42. Semi-Pros School is still exciting and new in elementary and middle school, so your kid will love picking out his backpack for a new school year. His responsibilities are growing – long with his need to have more space for books and folders. The Rocker School Backpack by Four Peas has space for books and folders, a compartment for pencils, pockets for a cell phone or calculator and a spot for a water bottle. This brown and green guitar backpack is perfect for any rockin’ dude – or chick! Purchase Four Peas items at The Purple Bear in Birmingham for $35. Pros Your teen has been doing this school thing for most of his or her life – but, while her back-to-school enthusiasm is waning, that doesn’t mean she won’t love a new backpack. High school means extra books and possibly a laptop, so the Trailhead Pack from Eddie Bauer is the must-have backpack for your teen. A padded pocket fits a 15.4” laptop, a stuff-it pocket holds snacks and the mesh pockets hold water bottles. Yes, this backpack is built for school or a hike! Since it’s toward the end of back-to-school shopping, the $59.95 backpack has been reduced to $39.95. It comes in seven colors, including hot pink, blue and grey. Make back-to-school exciting with a new backpack for every kid in your family – whether he or she is a rookie or pro scholar!