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Back-to-school faves from Food Baby NY, Mama Glow and ‘School of Rock’ star

Back-to-school shopping can be overwhelming — even with a list of supplies. For some suggestions on what to get, we turned to three notable New Yorkers with kids of their own attending school this fall. Here are a few of their — and their kids’ — favorite things.

'School of Rock's' Eric Petersen

Eric Petersen of "School of Rock" poses with
Photo Credit: Lisa Petersen

Eric Petersen is currently starring as Dewey Finn in “School of Rock.” His daughter, Sophia, 7, is going into second grade, and his son, Miles, 2, is going into his first year of preschool this fall. 

Backpacks and lunchboxes:
“We loved getting new backpacks at our neighborhood kids store, West Side Kids [corner of 84th Street and Amsterdam Avenue]. Sophie wanted to really stand out with her very shiny, almost iridescent backpack. Miles loved the chameleon lunch box because he loves animals.” 
Iscream backpack, $47.99 at West Side Kids; Iscream lunch tote, $24.99 at West Side Kids; Skip Hop Zoo Lunchie, $14.99 at West Side Kids 

First-day-of-school outfits

Eric Petersen's children, Miles and Sophie, in their
Photo Credit: Lisa Petersen

“Miles is one of the sharpest-dressed 2-year-olds I know. He loves wearing hats and ties! He will probably want to bring that hot new accessory the T-Rex hand puppet! Sophie loved the way this dress flowed, she kept doing spins in it!” 
On him: Born to Love skull newsboy, $24.99 at; knit vest, $35.95 at; Streamline dinosaur hand puppet, $12.75 at
On her: Claire pleated trapeze dress, $35.50 at

Mama Glow's Latham Thomas

Latham's picks
Photo Credit: STATE Bags / Minted / Poppin

Latham Thomas is the founder of Mama Glow and author of “Own Your Glow” (out Sept. 26). Her son, Fulano, 14, is starting high school this fall.

STATE bags:
Colorful backpacks for kids to go to school in style. For every STATE bag purchased, STATE hand-delivers a backpack — packed with essential tools for success — to an American child in need.” Bedford in Kelly green, $85 at

Poppin organizational supplies:
“I color-coordinate all of my son’s supplies and got him a suite of tools including a stapler, pens and pencil case.” Stapler in navy, $14 at; pencil pouch in navy, $12 at; ballpoint pens, set of 12, in navy, $12 at

Minted notebooks:
“Personalized notebooks from Minted are amazing and allow kids to express themselves — and your child won’t get theirs mixed up with everyone else’s at school.” Initial color block notebooks, $16/each at

Food Baby NY's Mike Chau

Mike Chau's favorites
Photo Credit: Target

Mike Chau is behind the popular Instagram account Food Baby NY (@foodbabyny) His son, Matty, 4, is entering school for the first time, for pre-K this fall. 

Super Mario Bros. backpack:
“Matty just had a Mario Bros. themed party for his fourth birthday, so that’s his current favorite. He’s excited to be able to wear the backpack he got as a gift for carrying all of his stuff to school.” Super Mario Bros. backpack, $29.99 at 
Velcro Star Wars sneakers:
“He has all the important pop culture references in his life, including his fave sneakers with Velcro that are key for him being able to put on and take off himself since he has yet to learn how to use shoelaces properly and quickly.” Star Wars toddler boys sneakers, $24.99 at
Avengers lunchbox:
“Food is obviously very important in our family, so having a fun lunchbox for him to bring his fave foods and snacks in is key.” Marvel Avengers 3-D lunch bag, $7.99 at


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