While it can be sad for little ones to see summer end, the start of the school year brings so many wonderful new beginnings—opportunities to make new friends, learn, grow, and, of course, stock up on fresh supplies and staples that will help them start off on the right foot (and hopefully last well into the year). In preparation for sending our kids off, we rounded up 9 fun and functional back-to-school items they’ll use and enjoy as they embark on a new year. From an adorable backpack to polished first-day attire, these pieces make the grade.