For every backpack you buy from this newly launched company, the founders donate a sack full of school supplies to children in Belize, India, or Thailand.
Available at schoolbagsforkids.com, $55.
This space-age, parka-inspired bag is made of high-density, water-resistant nylon. With no-slip shoulder straps and easy-access pockets, it’s roomy enough to transition beyond the early learner years.
Available at serenaandlily.com, $98.
Back it up with a Crumpler bag. Originally created for Aussie bike messengers, this kid-size carryall is tough enough to withstand a good dragging down subway stairs (and a few don’t-leave-me tantrums).
Available at crumpler.com, $50.
Insulated and machine washable, Dabbawalla bags are perfectly sized for preschoolers. Choose from modern designs like dogs, penguins, and stoplights.
Available at dabbawallabags.com, $40.
Machine washable and extra durable, this looks-cool-without-trying knapsack will stand the test of time.
Available at jcrew.com, $65.
It’s an all-natural cotton canvas catchall with easy-to-open rope ties that cinch at the top.
Available at ecogear-products.com, $20.
First-day jitters look even more adorable when combined with a super-stylish book bag and miniature knee socks.
Available at nonchalantmom.com, $58.
A little bit punk, a little bit paleontologist. This dino-inspired rucksack comes in four sizes perfect for prehistoric pre-K students.
Available at madpax.com, $15-$60.
Beatrix’s colorful, comfy bags are adorned with mod-looking animals like dinosaurs, bees, and pigs.
Available at beatrixny.com, $52.
This PVC-free toddler pack comes with a matching mask for your kindergarten caped crusader.
Available at cbhstudio.com, $15-$46.
Just the thing to snuggle up to when they’re feeling anxious about being away from home.
Available at amazon.com, $25.