Lifestyle Back-to-school backpacks By BETH WHITEHOUSE email@example.com Updated August 21, 2015 2:55 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email 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 Photo Credit: Target This backpack is modeled after the stars of this summer's "Minions" blockbuster; $19.99 at Target and target.com. TOMS StandUp Backpack 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 Photo Credit: Gypsy Soule 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 Photo Credit: PetSac 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 Photo Credit: Fjall Raven 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 Photo Credit: Disney Store 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 Photo Credit: Top Trenz 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 Photo Credit: Choozepack 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 Photo Credit: Sydney Paige 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 Photo Credit: Skip Hop 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 Photo Credit: Diapers.com 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. By BETH WHITEHOUSE firstname.lastname@example.org Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic The best in back-to-school fashions in NYCCat backpacks and Doc Martens are all the rage. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.