It feels like our annual Back to School Shopping Guide gets earlier every year and well, schools are sending kids back earlier every year! Yikes!

We’ll be presenting all our favorite 2019 back to school gear, but since some of us need to get shopping sooner than others, we’re jumping right in with our favorite backpacks for preschool and kindergarten. A child’s first backpack for school is such a special thing — some of us even remember ours. So we’ve put together favorites that help make an impression, but are still durable, with enough room for a small snack, comfort item, or change of tiny size 4 pants.

(We’re parents, we get it.)

We’re so pleased that our 2019 Back to School Guide is brought to you by our sponsor Stuck On You, makers of custom labels for kids plus personalized gear of all kinds.

 

Stuck on You makes cute bentos, lunch boxes, and of course, name labels for all your kids' back to school needs (sponsor)

For more than two decades, they’ve helped ensure that all the fun goodies you send your kids to school with, actually make it home — and parents need all the help we can get with that!

Cool Mom Picks readers save $5 on all Stuck on You purchases (except value packs)
Use promo code CMP19 through 8/31/19. 

 

Cool backpacks for preschool and kindergarten: 2019

Whatever your preschoooler or kindergartener is into, from cute creatures to cartoon characters to favorite colors, we’ve found some truly cool backpacks made just for their tiny shoulders.

Please note that all prices are accurate at time of posting. CMP is an rstyle affiliate
There has been no compensation in exchange for placement — just the stuff our editors love. 

Star Wars Rey mini Last Jedi faux leather backpack: Coolest backpacks for preschool and kindergarten

Loungefly mini faux leather Rey / Last Jedi backpack ($41.79 on sale, Amazon)
A mini backpack just like Rey would have worn to her first day of preschool on Jaku.

 

Coolest backpacks for preschool and kindergarten: Dabbawalla rocket ship neoprene backpack | Back to School Guide 2019 Cool Mom Picks

Space rocket backpack ($42, Dabbawalla Bags)
Dabbawalla makes some of our favorite backpacks for preschool and kindergarten — the size is perfect, and the neoprene can take a beating and then clean up beautifully in the wash. Everything space is so hot now with the anniversary of the Apollo moon landing,  out the other styles including the panda backpack, at top.

 

favorite gifts for 5 year olds: Madpax half-pack backpack

Spiketus Rex half-pack ($56, Madpax)
It’s what all the cool kids are wearing this year, especially in the new metallics. They’re even in our birthday gift guide as one of our favorite gifts for 5 year olds.

Rainbow Dash My Little Pony mini backpack for preschool or kindergarten | Back to school guide 2019

My Litlte Pony Mini Rainbow Dash Backpack ($20, Journey’s)
You may love it ironically, but your kids will just love it.

 

Coolest backpacks for preschool + Kindergarten: Parkland little monster backpack | Back to School 2019 Cool Mom Picks

Parkland Little Monster backpack ($29, Parkland Bags)
Parkland offers so many great patterns and styles at truly affordable prices, and this new little monster shape is wonderful for a first preschool or kindergarten backpack!

Neoprene dinosaur backpack for preschool or kindergarten | Coolest backpacks: 2019 Back to School Guide

OFun neoprene dinosaur backpack ($21.98 at Amazon)
Roomier than you’d think, but a perfect size for kids up to about 6. Rawr!

Coolest backpacks for preschool + Kindergarten: Rainbow Unicorn Backpack from Crate Kids | Back to School 2019 Cool Mom Picks

Rainbow unicorn backpack ($39.20 on sale, Crate Kids)
Unicorns show no sign of going away and we’re totally down with that. Check out this offering from Crate Kids’ new line of backpacks for little kids.

Preschooler backpack by 7AM | The Coolest Birthday Gifts for 4 year olds

Mini Wings Backpack ($44 at 7AM Enfant)
This backpack is so cool, it’s even one of our list of cool birthday gifts for 4-year-olds. The black is classic, but check out all four great colors — and more styles too.

 

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About our Sponsor

Stuck on You makes cute bentos, lunch boxes, and of course, name labels for all your kids' back to school needs (sponsor)

 

No parent wants to invest in back to school clothing and gear only to have it disappear the first week of school. That’s where Stuck On You  comes in. While they’re best known for their adorable custom name labels and clothing for kids in tons of colors, shapes and themes, visit their site for so much more.

New Mini-Me personalized labels from Stuck On You can be customized to look like your child! | sponsor

The new Stuck On You Mini-Me labels can be customized to look like your own kid.

Personalized gear at Stuck On You includes bento boxes and lunch bags totally customized with names, designs and colors. Personalized water bottles to help you go more eco-friendly. Allergy labels to help keep kids safe when they’re out of your hands. Custom book bags and backpacks.  Even journals and planners with more sophisticated designs for teens or hey —  for you.

Basically it’s a one-stop shop for so much of the stuff we all need each school year. And with a sweet discount for our readers, too.

Special Offer:
Cool Mom Picks readers save $5 on all Stuck on You purchases (except value packs)

Use promo code CMP19 through 8/31/19. 

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Coolest backpacks for preschool + Kindergarten: SkipHop's new Zoo Packs | Back to School 2019 Cool Mom Picks

Skip*Hop Zoo Pack Backpacks ($20, Nordstrom with free shipping)
They just keep on coming out with adorable new styles every year. Some favorites for 2019: The new dragon backpack, the narwhal backpack, the llama backpack, and the upside down bat backpack

 

Coolest preschool and kindergarten backpacks: Big Bird | Back to school guide 2019

Coolest preschool and kindergarten backpacks: Oscar the Grouch | Back to school guide 2019

Oscar the Grouch or Big Bird Sesame Street Backpacks ($21.97 on sale, Crate Kids)
You can also find Elmo and Abby Cadabby, but we gotta say…we’re down with the classics.

 

Coolest backpacks for preschool + Kindergarten: Mommore Two-tone backpack | Back to School 2019 Cool Mom Picks

Mommore little kid backpack ($26.99, Amazon)
If you like to keep things classic, these colors are classic for boys and girls.

Coolest backpacks for preschool + Kindergarten: Emily +Merritt Kitty Cat Backpack | Back to School 2019 Cool Mom Picks

Emily + Merritt black kitty preschool backpack ($33-37 on sale for a limited time, Pottery Barn Kids)
We dig the fact that it’s mostly black, which isn’t just cute, it’s practical. Optional personalization with a name or initials.

Lilo & Stitch Scrump backpack: coolest backpacks for pre-k and kindergarten 2019 | Back to School Guide

Lilo & Stitch Scrump backpack ($31 on sale, Hot Topic)
Lilo & Stitch is making a comeback with the live-action film in the works. How cool is this Scrump backpack?

Herschel Supply Lumberjack backpack for kids 5 and up | Coolest backpacks | Back to school guide 2019

Herschel Supply Nova Backpack ($64.99, Herschel Supply Co)
Lumberjack chic! Great style when you want a backpack that will last through multiple kids.

 

Coolest backpacks for preschool + Kindergarten: Quilted Stephen Joseph Shark Backpack | Back to School 2019 Cool Mom Picks

Stephen Joseph quilted shark backpack for little kids ($19.99 on sale, eBags)
Soft and cuddly and yet…ferocious and terrifying! That fish bone keychain is a genius touch — but the brand has quite a few cute styles besides the shark.

Coolest backpacks for preschool + Kindergarten: SoYoung coated canvas unicorn backpack | Back to School 2019 Cool Mom Picks

Lucky unicorn toddler backpack ($35 soyoung)
Long one of our favorite back-to-school brands for making sturdy, incredibly well-made, beautifully designed coated canvas bags and backpacks, the new unicorn print feels sophisticated…but still100% adorable.

 

Coolest backpacks for preschool + Kindergarten: Personalized rainbow cloud backpack from PBK | Back to School 2019 Cool Mom Picks

Personalized rainbow cloud backpack  ($22 and up on sale for a limited time, Pottery Barn Kids)
Will make even rainy days bright and happy.

Coolest backpacks for preschool + Kindergarten: Todder dino bag with Scandinavian style print | Back to School 2019 Cool Mom Picks

Scandinavian print dino toddler pack ($21.99, Amazon)
Kids’ favorite creatures get a retro-modern twist with this fun print.

Coolest backpacks for preschool + Kindergarten: Spaceship Backpack at Anthropologie | Back to School 2019 Cool Mom Picks

Spaceship backpack  ($50, Anthropologie)
Now that’s a first day of school statement!

 

Thanks to Stuck on You for their support of our Back to School Shopping Guide

Special Offer:
Cool Mom Picks readers save $5 on all Stuck on You purchases (except value packs)

Use promo code CMP19 through this link, through 8/31/19. 

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