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10 Fun backpacks

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Back-to-school backpacks

From preschool through college, a backpack is essential for school. Check out these backpacks in cool colors and fun designs.

Most backpacks should have a U-shaped zipper to make it easy to get to the contents. The main interior compartment should be large enough to carry binders and books, while many backpacks also feature organizer pockets for pens, cell phones and other small items. For older students, padded sleeves for laptops or electronics are a big plus. A backpack shouldn't just be functional; it should also be fun. Here are some of our favorite backpacks for back-to-school.

Mad for plaid

plaid backpack

Plaid is hot in fall fashion and it's a fabulous choice for backpacks too. At JCPenney, you can find the Jansport Big Student Backpack in seven colors of plaid (as well as other prints). This large backpack features a side water bottle pocket, a utility pocket for electronics and plenty of room inside.

Bold and bright

Hot pink, turquoise blue and bold yellow are terrific colors for backpacks. The Arizona Monkey Backpack is created from a durable cotton/polyester canvas and has tons of convenient pockets. Kids love the little monkey charm and this backpack's roomy design.

Back to school with Dora

When she goes off to school for the first time, your daughter will love taking Dora the Explorer with her. This Dora backpack has a polka dot motif featuring Dora the Explorer and her pal Boots. The adjustable straps make it comfortable for carrying and the spacious main compartment is big enough for all the necessities.

Skip hop zoo

For preschool, your little one needs a little backpack. The Skip Hop Zoo Pack is the perfect size. Shaped like a frog, this little kid backpack can't be missed. The mesh pocket on the side is adjustable to fit a juice box, sippy cup or water bottle. The write-on nametag inside is a plus.

Star Wars favorite

chewbacca backpack

Star Wars fans of all ages will get a kick out of this Chewbacca Backpack. It's like a stuffed animal and backpack in one. The fuzzy brown pack features a deep pouch to hold all the school time essentials. When this backpack is strapped on, it looks like Chewbacca is hanging onto your shoulders.

Let's go retro

This tie dye backpack offers a casual, retro appeal. From the beach to school and everywhere in between, she'll take this pack wherever she goes. Created from 100% cotton, this backpack can also be personalized with her name, initials or a phrase in colorful stitching.

High style

The High Sierra Swerve Laptop Backpack is perfect for college or high school students who tote their computer to class. This backpack comes in fun colors and patterns -- like purple argyle print. The multi-compartmental design has a padded computer sleeve, CD player pocket, mesh water bottle pockets, pen loops and plenty of other special compartments for everything you can imagine.

Back sack

For something a little different, check out the Wildkin Camouflage Back Sack. The extra durable, comfortable design is a favorite among younger children. The sack is lined for water-resistance and when it's empty, it folds to a very compact size. The back sack is perfect for school, sports, sleepovers or anytime.

Wild child

multicolor zebra backpack

Take a walk on the wild side with this Jansport Multicolor Zebra and Leopard Backpack. This colorful, fun backpack will make any student stand out. Durable and roomy, this pack can hold binders, books, pens, papers and much more.

Chic checks

Fun and affordable, the Yak Pak Student Backpack is a favorite among kids of all ages. This backpack comes in your choice of three colorful checkerboard designs. Available at JCPenney, it features a zippered front pocket, adjustable shoulder straps and a roomy interior. Plus, the backpack is backed by a lifetime warranty.

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