New clothes are a big part of back-to-school shopping, but the most important item sometimes gets overlooked: the backpack. It's the one thing that your child will be sporting every day. We rounded up the cutest ones that are hitting stores right now. Get a head start on your shopping because these ones are going to sell out fast!

American Eagle Outfitters, $34.99

Not only is this embroidered bucket backpack trendy, it's big enough to fit everything in it for class, and has a separate front pocket for a cell phone and wallet.


American Eagle Outfitters, $29.95

If you have a middle or high schooler, this classic striped backpack is understated and stylish. You'll earn some cool points gifting this one.

Be Packs, $65

This one is a splurge, but it's so high quality that your son or daughter will be able to use it for years - even when carting heavy textbooks to and from school every day. Plus, the proceeds go to agreat cause.

Old Navy, $15

Polka dots are simple and just sweet enough to get away with without looking too cutesy. Plus, chambray matches every outfit.

Old Navy, $24

This pick from Old Navy is classic. With three zip pockets, it will help even the most disorganized student get it together.

Old Navy, $18

Younger kids will love this colorful comic book printed backpack. Nothing beats heading to school feeling like a superhero.

Target, $14.99

This backpack is a must for any dinosaur lover that - bonus! - comes with a plush dino.

Target, $14.99

If you have a total girlie-girl on your hands, go all out with this peace and love printed pick.

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