We’ve already shared our favorite backpacks for preschool and kindergarten, so next up in our 2019 Back to School Shopping Guide, we’re moving onto cool backpack for grade school! There are so many…honestly we had to stop ourselves from picking even more.

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Cool backpacks for grade school: 2019

First graders may not like the same designs as sixth graders, which is why we packed this guide with so many backpack styles. From favorite character and superheroes, to those that reflect hobbies, styles, or favorite animals, we love these cool backpacks for grade school.

Whether you still have a little time before school starts or you’re already stocking up for school lunches, we suggest you get shopping now; these backpacks feature some of the coolest colors, styles and themes this year. We’d hate you to lose out on one your kid absolutely loves!

Pro tip: Be sure to check the sizes; we didn’t include toddler sizes or teen sizes, but you want to make sure that a backpack is big enough to hold whatever your kids are toting to and from school — and not so big that it’s weighing them down.

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. 

Coolest backpacks for grade school: Parkland lightning backpack | Back to school guide 2019 Cool Mom Picks

Bayside Bold Backpack ($39, Parkland Mfg)
It’s not only cool and practical and affordable, but each of these backpacks from Parkland is upcycled — this one repurposed 8 entire water bottles.

7 styles of metallic backpacks from State Bags | Cool backpacks for grade school | Back to School Guide 2019

Metallic State Kane Backpack ($85+, State Bags, also at very top)
For every State Bag sold, an equal amount will support US schoolchild in need. So yes, we’re big fans. The 6 fab metallic styles this year will sell out fast. Just sayin’.

Coolest backpacks for grade school: Mad Pax Spiketus Rex backpack | Back to school guide 2019 Cool Mom Picks

Mad Pax Spiketus Rex full pack backpack  ($67.99, Amazon)
The coolest kids of every age are sporting these in every color and pattern.

Captain Marvel backpack for kids | cool backpacks for grade school 2019 | coolmompicks.com

Captain Marvel Backpack ($59.99, Spencer’s Gifts)
Most powerful of all the MCU characters? Yes please!

Coolest backpacks for grade school: Glow in the dark solar system bag | Back to school guide 2019 Cool Mom Picks

Glow in the dark solar system backpack ($37 on sale, Pottery Barn Kids)
Space is all the rage, but glow-in-the-dark makes this one a top pick for us.

Girl Boss Backpack by Céleste Wallaert at Society 6: Coolest backpacks for grade school | Back to school 2019

Girl Boss Backpack ($69.99, Society 6 with frequent sales offers)
Love this design from artist Céleste Wallaert

Coolest backpacks for grade school: MLB Herschel heritage backpack featuring favorite teams | Back to school guide 2019 Cool Mom Picks

Herschel heritage MLB 15″ laptop bags featuring your favorite team ($69, Herschel Supply Co)
There are several MLB styles, but we love the minimalism of the simple logo and team colors.

Loungefly Disney villains backpack | cool backpacks for grade school 2019 | coolmompicks.com

Loungefly Disney Villains 17″ backpack ($26.74, Amazon)
Heroes are cool and all, but sometimes the villains have more fun.

Coolest backpacks for grade school: Corgi backpack | Back to school guide 2019 Cool Mom Picks

Corgi backpack ($32.90, Amazon)
Corgis may be the new sloths. You heard it here first.

 

Coolest backpacks for grade school: Herschel supply faux denim | Back to school guide 2019 Cool Mom Picks

Herschel Supply faux denim 16” backpack ($65, Nordstrom)
Such an awesome look for kids of any gender, any age.

Coolest backpacks for grade school: Vans Off the Wall colorblock backpack | Back to school guide 2019 Cool Mom Picks

Vans Realm patchy backpack ($35 Journey’s)
If you can’t tell, skateboard culture is huge this year. This Van’s unisex backpack is a colorful nod to the 80s.

 

Coolest backpacks for grade school: State backpack with black on black motorcycles | Back to school guide 2019 Cool Mom Picks

State Kane Backpack black moto backpack ($90 at State Bags)
Yeah it’s a splurge, but this black moto motif on black canvas is so hot.

 

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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.

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Flower crown unicorn backpack by OMG | Coolest birthday gifts for 7 year olds

OMG flower crown unicorn backpack  ($58, Nordstrom)
OMG is the brand name, not our editorial commentary — but your kid may just say the same thing when they see this fabulous unicorn backpack. Also one of our favorite birthday gifts for 7 year olds, but even our tweens are digging this one.

Kipling Star Wars Stormtrooper Backpack | cool backpacks for grade school 2019 | coolmompicks.com

Kipling Star Wars Stormtrooper Backpack ($57, Kipling)
This nearly 14″ bag from of our favorite collections of last year is now half off. The Dark Side comes to those who wait.

Coolest backpacks for grade school: Independent skateboard x Herschel backpapck | Back to school guide 2019 Cool Mom Picks

Herschel x Independent skateboard camo backpack ($69.99, Herschel Supply Co)
Herschel has a ton of cool collabs for back to school this year, and this is a favorite.

 

Coolest backpacks for grade school: Nike Air heritage backpack | Back to school guide 2019 Cool Mom Picks

Nike Air Heritage Backpack  $35 Nordstrom
Stylish but not extra, it’s a great backpack your sporty kid who loves the simplicity of a retro look.

Coolest backpacks for grade school + Kindergarten: Rainbow Pusheen 12" Backpack | Back to School 2019 Cool Mom Picks

Mint Pusheen 12″ Backpack ($44.90, Hot Topic, plus 20% off for limited time)
Pusheen is turning 19, but doesn’t look a day over…well, kitten.

"I can do anything" backpacks from Blended Designs featuring boys and girls of color

Blended Designs backpacks 1954 Collection ($29.95+, Blended Designs)
Named for the year that Brown v. Board of Education was decided, these dozen or so styles of backpacks are all beautifully illustrated with kids in whole range of brown and black skin tones.

Coolest backpacks for grade school: Harry Potter Gryffindor bag | Back to school guide 2019 Cool Mom Picks

Harry Potter Gryffindor backpack ($55 on sale, Pottery Barn Teen)
Whether your grade schooler is just discovering the world of Hogwarts or is a longtime fan, find their house here.

Coolest backpacks for grade school: Fortnite llama | Back to school guide 2019 Cool Mom Picks

Fortnite llama backpack ($35, Journey’s)
We like to think of it as a good reminder that you can’t play, until you finish all the homework that’s hiding inside that bag.

 

Coolest backpacks for grade school: Sprayground Ghost rubber shark backpackl | Back to school guide 2019 Cool Mom Picks

Sprayground black rubber shark backpack ($75, Nordstrom)
Who says every week can’t be Shark Week?

Related: So many cool shark shoes for kids. Because, shark shoes!

 

Coolest backpacks for grade school: Wee Gallery doggie design for SoYoung | Back to school guide 2019 Cool Mom Picks

Wee Gallery illustrated dog coated canvas backpack ($40, SoYoung)
Our youngest grade schoolers will love this backpack from one of our favorite illustrators, for one of our favorite backpack companies.

Coolest backpacks for grade school: Santa Cruz Skateboard heritage backpack from herschel | Back to school guide 2019 Cool Mom Picks

Herschel x Santa Cruz heritage youth backpack  ($59.99, Herschel Supply Co)
Yep, more Herschel skateboard styles. We can’t get enough!

 

Coolest backpacks for grade school: Parkland Nebula Backpack | Back to school guide 2019 Cool Mom Picks

 Parkland Nebula Galaxy Backpack ($39, Parkland Mfg)
There are 30 different fabrics if you want an alternative to the lightning bolt pattern at very top, and we’re digging this groovy space them.

 

Coolest backpacks for grade school: Fjallraven Kanken | Back to school guide 2019 Cool Mom Picks

Fjallraven Kanken Backpack ($80, Nordstrom)
The classic, deceptively rugged Swedish book bag is always in style and lasts for years. A solid colors means kids can bling it up flair, pins, keychains galore so it feels like a new bag every year.

 

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

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