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Back-to-school backpacks

Time to reverse that old chant -- during the dog days of August, when families start their back-to-school shopping, "no more pencils, no more books" makes way for "brand-new pencils, brand-new books." And, of course, kids need something to keep all those pencils and books in.

Which often means a brand-new backpack.

Here are some backpack suggestions for every age.

The Despicable Me backpack

This backpack is modeled after the stars of
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This backpack is modeled after the stars of this summer's "Minions" blockbuster; $19.99 at Target and target.com.

TOMS StandUp Backpack

The TOMS StandUp Backpack collection do more than
Photo Credit: TOMS

The TOMS StandUp Backpack collection do more than just carry your belongings: Every purchase made helps stop bullying. By teaming up with two giving partners -- No Bully & Crisis Text Line -- the proceeds of the StandUp collection provides resources to train school staff and counselors, respond to bullying incidences and prevent crisis situations before they ever happen; $39 to $54 at Journey's stores and on TOMS.com.

Gypsy Soule Free Spirit

The Free Spirit has a bold Aztec print
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The Free Spirit has a bold Aztec print for a carefree vibe. Includes a side compartment for a water bottle; $100 at gypsysoule.com.

PetSac Pets

Worried about separation anxiety when your child goes
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Worried about separation anxiety when your child goes off to full-day kindergarten? The PetSac may help. It's a stuffed animal that turns into a backpack -- the animal's back unzips to reveal the backpack stored within; $9.99-$81.83 at walmart.com.

The Kanken Laptop 15-inch

Swedish brand Fjällräven's boxy-looking backpack was introduced in
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Swedish brand Fjällräven's boxy-looking backpack was introduced in 1978 to prevent back problems emerging among Swedish schoolchildren. The Kånken Laptop has a separate sleeve for the laptop, a popular feature with backpacks this year. Also comes in 13- and 17-inch sizes and in a wide selection of colors; $110 at fjallraven.us.

"Inside Out" Reversible Bag

Turn your emotions
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Turn your emotions "Inside Out" with this reversible bag, which can be worn as a traditional backpack or messenger bag; $26.94 at Disney Stores.

Emojicon backpack

Each backpack has about 12 different emoji icons
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Each backpack has about 12 different emoji icons on it, including the laughing emoji. Made by a Long Island company called Top Trenz, based in Bay Shore; $35 to $40 at Lester's, Zoey's in Massapequa, Aldee's Sportswear in Commack and other retail stores.

Choosepacks

Each pack features a reversible design. Two functional
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Each pack features a reversible design. Two functional sides give kids the ability to choose which print to display; the padded, convertible straps simply flip from side to side to provide a different look. Pictured is the Choozepack in Mood; $39.95 or $43.95 at

Sydney Paige backpacks

For every Sydney Paige backpack sold, another one
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For every Sydney Paige backpack sold, another one is filled with school supplies and donated to a U.S. child in need. Styles include Little Learners, Young Explorers and World Changers. Pictured is the Valencia model with the Blue Tents design; $55 at sydneypaigeinc.com.

Skip Hop's Zoo Packs

The Unicorn and Cow are the newest additions
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The Unicorn and Cow are the newest additions to Skip Hop's Zoo line of animal backpacks for the littlest ones; $20 at Babies R Us, Buy Buy Baby and Target.

Milkdot Kawaii Pac Mini Backpack

Inspired by Asian pop culture for their obsession
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Inspired by Asian pop culture for their obsession with cuteness, this mini backpack features a padded back panel, adjustable shoulder straps and comes in a variety of colors; $29.99 at milkdot.com.

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