Selection of the Best Kids Backpacks

When it comes to cool and stylish backpacks, kids ones probably come top of the list. Many are really colorful with fun designs that kids will love. The majority of these types of backpack are for children to use taking their items to and from school or kindergarten, and aren’t really intended for more adventurous activities such as hiking. Of course you can get these if you want, however this article focuses on the more interesting ones that kids will love to wear on their backs. Below are a selection of our personal favorite ones, and also the ones that have received good reviews from customers on Amazon…

Skip Hop Zoo Pack Little Kid Backpack Owl

Skip Hop Zoo Kid Backpack You might wonder why the term ‘zoo’ is contained within the title of this kids backpack, however if you have a look at the picture below you’ll soon know why. This is a cute range of animal face-shaped backpacks, including owls, dogs, monkeys, elephants, bees, penguins and more. The particular one shown here is the Owl model, as this is by far the most popular on Amazon, with over 1,119 reviews averaging 4.6 out of 5 in total. The pack describes itself as where ‘fun meets fiction’, and there probably isn’t a kid around that wouldn’t enjoy adorning their backs with this little gem of a pack. It says that it is a ‘unisex’ design, however I would say that it perhaps appeals to girls a little more, and other animals within the zoo range would be more suited to boys (eg: the dog, monkey etc..). But that’s just a matter of personal opinion, both boys or girls would find this backpack lovely. Here are some of the specs:

  • Lots of space in the main zipped compartment.
  • Additional zipped pouch on the outside.
  • Really easy to clean.
  • Available at a bargain of a price.
  • It weighs only 9.6 ounces so is light for your little toddler.
  • Comfy padded straps that can be adjusted to suit.
  • Current Amazon rating: 4.6 out of 5
  • Current Amazon price: $18.99

Check other pictures and bags in the Zoo range here…

Stephen Joseph Girls Quilted Backpack

Stephen Joseph Girls Quilted Backpack Continuing the cute and colorful theme, this little backpack is another highly reviewed item that is obviously popular with kids, and with a price of $24 will be popular with parents alike. It has been designed specifically for girls, and features blue and pink material with applique designs of flowers and owls. There are other colors available, however the blue and pink one is the default one shown on Amazon. It is ideal for your toddler / child to take their things to pre-school, school or even just to grandma’s.

It has two straps to go over your child’s shoulder, however these aren’t padded unlike the Zoo Pack above. They are just simple material straps, however considering your child won’t be carrying anything of any weight, it probably won’t make a difference that the straps aren’t quite as padded. Here are a few of the details:

  • Magnetic catch for the top cover.
  • Weighs only 6.4 ounces.
  • Made of quilted cotton.
  • Current Amazon review rating: 4.4 out of 5
  • Current Amazon price: $24

Take a look at more pictures and reviews of this one…

O3 Kids All-in-One PreSchool Backpack

O3 Kids Backpack & Lunchbag This backpack is a little larger than some of the others, and has been designed for pre-schoolers or above from about 3 years of age. It is a cleverly thought out little pack with lots of extra features that set it apart from some of the other more simple models. Although this one isn’t in the shape of some sort of animal, it is available in approximately fifteen different designs and colour schemes that are ideal for both boys and girls. For the girls, one of the nicest is a purple one that has a rhinestone star. For the boys there are camouflage ones, football and soccer designs, and airplane and racing car designs. Lots to choose from!

As I mentioned briefly in the last paragraph, this backpack sets itself apart from the rest by having lots of attention to including extra features and ergonomic attributes. Starting with the straps, these are more reminiscent of hiking backpacks, they’re big and wide, padded and include a chest strap for maximum comfort. They are fully adjustable and being made of mesh they are breathable as well. Internally there is a roomy main pouch and organizer pockets that will accommodate standard school folders. It has space for your child’s drink in a pouch on the outside, and probably one of the best features is that it has an insulated lunch cooler on the outside of the pack, so your kid doesn’t need a separate lunch box.

  • Made completely of durable polyester.
  • Reviewers report this is a very well made backpack.
  • Lots of handy features, pouches and a spacious main compartment.
  • Integrated lunchbox saves having to have a separate one.
  • Current Amazon rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars.
  • Current Amazon price of $29.99 

Have a look at the different designs of this O3 backpack…


I hope you have found my reviews of the best kids backpacks useful, there are some really fun designs out there! If you have any backpacks that you really like that I haven’t included in my list then please let me know in the comments below and I might write a review to go on this page. Thanks again!

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