Americans spent $7 billion on back-to-school shopping in August 2009, according to the latest statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. With the back-to-school sales and the back-to-school excitement, there’s no better time to hit the stores.

Americans spent $7 billion on back-to-school shopping in August 2009, according to the latest statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. With the back-to-school sales and the back-to-school excitement, there’s no better time to hit the stores.

Olive Kids Out of this World backpack
$37 at www.Kohls.com With a rocket ship and planet pattern on this backpack, your little boy will be thrilled to lug around his new school supplies. And since we all know how rough little boys can be, the one year warranty is the perfect addition — so you know you’ll be covered even through the camp months.

Mackenzie Small backpack
$39 at www.potterybarnkids.com We’re obsessed with the one with brown and white polka dots not only for its adorable looks, but for its convenience. The Pottery Barn Kids backpack is made from water-resistant, rugged polyester, so you won’t have to get a new one before the end of the school year, even if your child likes to drag it through the mud. It also has pockets specifically for your child’s laptop and MP3 player.

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School Supply polo
$14.50 at www.ae.com Dress up this adorable white polo with nice black pants for picture day, or pair it with jeans for the more casual school days. It’s a must-have item for its flexibility and its ability to match every outfit. Bonus: Find one that fits and get it in white, blue, red, grey and navy, so you’ll be all set for fall.

Boho Buds collection
$33 for the entire outfit sans the backpack at www.childrens place.com Your child may be too cool for school in this adorable bohemian outfit. Pair the blue heart tank with the mixed print patchwork skirt for a casual look that’s comfy yet polished. Take it one step further by adding the backpack, which comes in four styles – each which sort of matches, so it looks like you were too busy to spend too much time choosing this outfit.

Adirondack jacket
$100 at www.abercrombiekids.com
Even city kids will want this super-cool, 100 percent cotton jacket. It makes them look tough and warm with its faux-sherpa lining, rugged zipper and reinforced stitching. So what if they’ve never been near a mountain or a ski slope? All the other kids will assume that they’re rugged and outdoorsy with this coat. It comes in khaki or dark olive colors, and either will be able to match the rest of your son’s clothing easily.

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Uniform jumper
$26.50 at www.gap.com Even if your kid’s school doesn’t require a uniform, we’re sure your daughter will want this one. It’s silky and sleeveless and has decorative buttons. What more could you want? Oh, and it’s got a great A-line silhouette to make any girl feel great about her figure.

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