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Kids Turn School News's Fans, From Preschoolers to Middle Schoolers, Refuse to use Their Lockers

Stylish New Items Turn The Back-To-School Blues Into The Back-To-School Woo-Hoos!

Madison, WI (August 3, 2009) — Most school kids cram their lockers with lunch bags, backpacks and pencil cases. But not kids who’ve gotten their school supplies at For some, it may be because they want to show off their hip, back-to-school stuff. For others, it may be because the things their parents got them on work so well. Either way, it means that this school year will be filled with “reading, writing and”

“Ring! Ring!” School’s back in session! Help your kids get better-educated this year by giving them all the right stuff:

    ALLERHAND ALLERHAND *Exclusively at*
    Allerhand stands for high quality workmanship with modern and individual personality. Their German name "allerhand" means "all types of things … it's quite something." Owned by Stefani Jung, originally from Germany, Allerhand is now based in Hong Kong, products are made in Vietnam.

    Flamingo Lunch Bag • $32.99
    The Allerhand lunch bag can fulfill the needs of children as well as adults to keep food and drink cold or hot. This gorgeous lunch bag is ideal for a variety of snack time situations, school, picnic, on the go, at the beach or while traveling. Each lunch box includes: Wide zip opening for top and bottom compartments, easy storage in upright position, 3 outside slip pockets for additional storage, all around insulation and a secure bottle or drink cup holder at both sides. Also extra slip pocket for snacks. Lunch bag is available in Urban, Sunflower, Rouge, Black, and the newest addition to Oompa, Power! Allerhand Pencil Case in Rouge

    Pencil Case • $15.49
    Adorable two-piece pencil case, works great along with the Allerhand Kids Travel Backpack. Larger compartment is big enough for pencils, pens, markers and rulers. Smaller compartment is detachable, and just the right size for a pencil sharpener, money, or maybe even a secret note! Available in Cool, Rouge, Sunflower and Nautical. Allerhand Pencil Case in Rouge

    Crocodile Creek creates thoughtful, beautifully designed, high-quality products for the children in our world. Its product development department works closely with its manufacturing facilities to see that its products conform to all of the appropriate safety standards. Founded by brothers Steve and Mel Brown, the company is based in the U.S. and its products are made in China.

    Countries Lunch Box

    Countries Lunch Box • $14.99
    With this Countries Lunch Box from Crocodile Creek, lunches will be more fun! Each colorful lunch box has an insulated main pocket as well as a zippered-compartment on one side and a mesh pocket on the other for extra storage. Tough and durable. Wipe with a wet cloth to clean.  



    Flowers Lunch Box Flowers Lunch Box • $11.99
    With this Flowers Lunch Box from Crocodile Creek, lunches will be more fun! Each colorful lunch box has an insulated main pocket as well as a zippered-compartment on one side and a mesh pocket on the other for extra storage.

    Sisters Susan Givens and Carol Mack teamed up to create Dabbawalla Bags. The name Dabbawalla was inspired by Susan’s travels in India where she was fascinated with the complex system of lunch box delivery men known as dabbawallas. Inspired by the functional simplicity of European design, its backpacks and lunch bags are sized specifically for pre-school and early elementary school children. Designed in the U.S. and responsibly sewn in Taiwan by a womanowned and operated factory under fair labor practices.

    Apple Lunch Box Apple Lunch Bag • $37.99
    The adorable apple lunch bag will be sure to make your little one smile all the way until lunch time! Behind the yummy apple hides a zippered compartment to hold your child's favorite lunches or snacks and on the back is a smaller zippered compartment to hold an ice pack for the longer trips. On the top of the bag is a handle so your little one can feel like a big one carrying his/her own lunch!

    Dante Beatrix makes goods that are functional, beautifully made, and have a quirky charm all of their own. Things that mix a childlike sense of wonder and humor with a modern sensibility. Designed by artist Dante Pauwels in New York City, made in China.

    Little Kid Backpack Little Kid Backpack • $35.99
    This charming Little Kid Backpack is sure to meet the needs of your child. The one large interior pouch is ideal for carrying around crayons, favorite toys, snacks and more. A perfect bag for trips to the park or to grandma's house. The Ladybug bag is made of lightweight nylon making it easy for your little one to carry. Spot clean with a damp cloth. Padded back and adjustable straps, zip closure. Please note that a standard size folder will not fit in this bag.

    Fleurville is an environmentally conscious company, dedicated to the creation of stylish, modern solutions that appeal to both parents and children. Intelligent construction and a strong fashion appeal are what make Fleurville products a pleasure to use. Made in China.

    Kids Pack Lunch Bag Kids Pack Lunch Bag • $31.99
    The ultimate backpack or preschool lunch box! This adorable bag is perfect for those weekend trips to grandma's or even for taking lunch to school. Fully insulated with an easy to wipe clean interior. Wear it as a backpack, or carry it by the big sturdy handle on the top. Seen here in silver and cocoa multi-colored stripe.



    HABA’s German products can be found nationwide at over 1,000 U.S. specialty retail stores and in specialty catalogs and websites. Many of its products have been recognized with German and American awards including Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Parents’ Choice Foundation, National Parenting Center, Creative Child and Dr. Toy.

    Terra Kids Messenger Bag



      Terra Kids Messenger Bag • $25.99
    Let your little one head off to school in style. HABA's Terra Kids Messenger Bag is a brightly colored and very stylish unit for storing school supplies. With six zippered pockets located throughout the bag, there is a spot for almost any necessity. A carabiner on the outside of the bag can hold keys in a safe spot. There's even a spot to put a cell phone! The front pouch of the bag is secured via magnetic clasps. Your child is sure to love this funky fun backpack! Designed in Germany by Matthias Bock and crafted in China under HABA's direct supervision.

    Mimi the Sardine is a small family-owned company located just north of San Francisco and products are made in the U.S. The company strives to serve its customers well by putting earthfriendly, well-made and meaningful products on the market.

    Eco-Friendly Hybrid Cars Lunch Bag Eco-Friendly Hybrid Cars Lunch Bag • $19.99
    Want to be the most original kid in school? This cute lunch bag with eco-friendly coatings is sure to be a hit down at the preschool. The fabric used is Swedish-made and depicts a street scene, with shiny hybrid cars driving down around, sewn together and coupled with soft rounded handles, closed with a durable zipper. Great as a lunch tote or everyday bag. All Mimi the Sardine bags, lunch totes and bibs are made and designed in the bay area of San Francisco, using acrylic (non-PVC) coated cotton fabrics that meet Oeko-Tex 100 standards for safe and environmentally friendly fabrics.

    Skip Hop is a New York City company devoted to designing groundbreaking products for a new generation of parents. Skip Hop is in tune with the cool person you were before parenthood, and knows that you're even cooler now that you're a new mom or dad. Made in China.

    Zoo Pack Toddler Backpack Zoo Pack Toddler Backpack • $20.00
    The toddler backpack where fun meets function! Durable material mixed with whimsical details make these backpacks fun that lasts. Each pack has a roomy main compartment and adjustable side pockets that are great for sippy cups. Available in three styles: Dog, Mouse and Penguin.





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Entrepreneur Milanie Cleere created the Oompa Toys brand as one of the leading online specialty toy retailers. Founded in 2004, Oompa Toys carries a wonderful, ever expanding mix of wooden toys, baby toys, soft dolls, play food, ball tracks, play mats and other beautiful, high quality wooden toys. They take pride in offering fair and competitive prices and strive for 100% customer satisfaction.

As a mother with relatives in a developing country, she pledged that toys should not only be natural and well-made, but created in humane and safe working conditions by adults and with absolutely no child-labor. Cleere goes to great lengths to ensure toys within the Oompa family do, indeed, come from safe environments. From extensive interviews with company representatives to annual onsite tours of manufacturing facilities, you can be assured that Oompa toys come from companies who care about their employees. Click on to read Cleere’s blog and see what’s next for this lush online children’s store