The summer is almost officially over and that means one thing: The launch of our sixth annual Back to School Shopping Guide, featuring close to 150 goodies that will help make your little and big kids’ school year the coolest one yet.

You’ll find everything from cool preschool backpacks and lunch boxes, to hip back-to-school clothes for kids and tweens, parents’ lifesavers, free printables, plus exclusive discount codes galore, all in one handy place.

This year, we’ve also added an entire back-to-school craft section courtesy of our fabulous guide sponsor Scotch Colors + Patterns Duct Tape, which has just launched than two dozen gorgeous options from bright neons to lavender peace signs, so you can get crafty with your bad DIY self.

Cool Mom Picks Back to School Giveaway

And if you need another reason to click over, we’ve put together a Back to School Essentials Giveaway worth $700 that is going to make one lucky winner (and kiddo) very happy. Promise! Head over to our shopping guide for more details.

Find close to 150 fantastic Back to School shopping picks plus plenty of discount codes in our 2012 Back to School Shopping Guide. And you can learn more about our partner Scotch Colors + Patterns Duct Tape and their own terrific daily sweepstakes at