At our house we have a little tradition with backpacks: You get ONE when you enter Kindergarten and it has to last through 6th grade. It started with our oldest who's going into 8th grade this year and we've continued on with our other kids. Just two more left to buy!
So here's why we love these backpacks:
- They last and last. Some kids have theirs from K through college. We've never had a zipper problem or ripping.
- The selection is great, so you could actually buy one that would last a child from K-6 (meaning no Dora/Bob the Builder stuff)
- They are able to be monogrammed (this may be a +/- for you, but I think it adds a special touch and we always know whose it is, plus I would think it's a deterrent for stealing).
The green one is our latest purchase and it cost $35 including shipping and monogramming. That's $5 a year (K-6) for a bag that can be used even more later (my daughter now uses it for sleep overs). Right now, backpacks are 20% off at LL Bean.