Back to Class

Whimsical backpacks, safari lunch bags and colorful grow charts hit the market in time for September.

1. The Wildlife Meerkat Mini Backpack from Lassig (530/809-1699 or has a spacious main compartment plus secret storage at the bottom of the backpack for ice packs to keep food fresh. MSRP $34.95




2. The 3 Sprouts (416/754-1641 or Whale and Elephant Insulated lunch bags include a write-on name tag and a buckle-clip handle for attaching to a backpack. Made from phthalate-free and lead-free materials. Retail $14.99


3. SoYoung (647/629-4009 or has paired up with Artist Ali Sabet to marry the beauty of its Raw Linen backpacks and lunch bags with his vibrant drawings and characters. The backpacks are machine washable and include a nylon-lined interior.



4. Kids can Fly, Sparkle and Roar into school with Bixbee’s (877/573-7833 or patented ergonomic yet fashion-forward backpacks that carry weight at waist level for safety. For every backpack purchased, Bixbee donates a schoolbag with supplies to a kid in need.

5. Skip Hop (212/868-9850 or has launched three new Zoo Animals backpacks: Dalmatian, Fox and Leopard. They feature whimsical details, comfy shoulder pads and durable materials as well as a mesh side pocket for water bottles. Retail $20



6. The Mini Dino by 7AM Voyage ( sends kids back to school with a roar with soft spikes and vibrant colors. 7AM is a member of PETA and all products are PETA-approved vegan. MSRP $42




7. Food and drinks stay cool with the phthalate- and BPA-free Insulated Lunch Backpack from Marcus and Marcus (905/604-9113 or, which features a zipped mesh interior pocket for ice packs and a rubber zipper grip for tiny hands. Available in Marcus the Lion, Ollie the Elephant, or Lola the Giraffe. MSRP $24.99


8. Ethically and sustainably made in India using screen printing on organic cotton canvas, the Nordic Growth Chart from Wee Gallery (888/257-7257 or is finished with a leather hanging cord and stylish fringe end. It arrives in a special keepsake bag with a place for child’s name and birth date.



9. Create photo memories for the first and last day of every school year with Pearhead’s (718/422-0592 or First & Last Day Chalk Signs. This set includes two chalkboard signs that are the perfect size for little ones to hold in pictures. Retail $14.99


10. Celebrate every festive occasion, including back to school, with the new Rainbow Confetti Collection from Nashville Wraps (800/547-9727 or This group mixes with lots of colors and includes paper shopping bags, gift wrap and basket boxes. Request your free catalog for more fun packaging.