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The Backpack is not only a fun rhyming picture book, but a primer on treating others how we wish to be treated.


Children will enjoy the colorful illustrations and rhymes. Parents will appreciate the lesson on caring and friendship.

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Praise for The Backpack


— DeAnne Casteel

“The Backpack is a relatable metaphor for children and a must have for your child's book pile by the bed!”


"I'm not going to lie. I know Lindsay, and I love supporting my friend by ordering her books. However, I wouldn't bother with a review if I didn't believe in the value of the stories she tells. The Backpack is a seemingly simple story of a little girl who wants the perfect-looking backpack, but she soon learns a valuable lesson about the importance of looking beyond the surface -- of things and people. It advocates brave kindness, not just being nice to the people we know who are familiar to us, to extend our communities to new and different people. It's a great message and one that is vitally important for both children and adults as bullying, reported feelings of loneliness and isolation, and suicide rates rise, even among children. Yes, I went there. Why? Because the first steps towards greater empathy are often small, and this book is a great way to begin teaching young children that essential emotional skill, especially if you use it to start conversations about real life events."


"I read this precious book to my grandkids and they loved it!

Teaching kids to be kind and inclusive of others is one of the primary messages and getting kids to realize that what matters is on the inside is beautifully portrayed in the rhymes inside this book.

Today, it is more important than ever for every child to learn about compassion, empathy, kindness and inclusion.

If you want your kids to enjoy a beautiful book, and learn how to be kind and inclusive at the same time, then get a copy for them and share one with their teacher at school as well - so he or she can help spread this beautiful message even more!"


"This sweet childrens story has been a hot topic around our house this afternoon!

It arrived around and has been read a total of ten times already!

It is great for all ages. My 3rd grader read it to our 4 year old and they were both totally intrigued with the storyline.

It centers around a new back pack and for my little fashionistas, who love to accessorize, they adored it. They are now asking for a cute little backpack of their own.

If you haven't read this story to your kiddos yet, you should!"


"This sweet story will make an excellent classroom read-aloud. With themes of showing kindness to others, taking risks, what's inside being more important than what is on the outside, and learning new things from others, there are countless ways to pull this story into an elementary school classroom. Kids will connect to the anticipation and excitement the main character feels about her new backpack and the start of a new school-year, and it will spark great discussions about how we treat and welcome new classmates as they arrive throughout the year. This book is great for teaching character education and language arts lessons alike! It is written in rhyme and even includes examples of repetition, alliteration and onomatopoeia, so return to it during your poetry unit! Students will LOVE it!"


"In an age where children are bombarded with confusing messages about consumerism, bullying, and the role of parents vs. peers, The Backpack shines as a story about figuring out what's most important in life. Lindsay delights with another lilting rhyme as she spreads the word that while your backpack might look great, what really matters is how you treat others. The book's characters model healthy parent-child and peer-to-peer relationships, and the overall message is one of kindness."


"Another great hit from this author! While touching on the anxieties about returning to school after the summer, the story ends up with the main character flipping her focus from her own concerns to caring for others. As a full time father I was touched to see the relationship between a father and his daughter displayed so positively. And, whether child or adult, the father's wise words are good for us all to remember and practice: "Accessories don't matter. What counts is what's inside". And the best part? The moment we got to the end, my daughter exclaimed, "Again, again!""


"This children's book is wonderful! My 7 year old daughter absolutely loved it, we got it in the mail tonight, she read it to her little brother twice and again for her goodnight story 💕 When I asked her what she likes about "The Backpack" she said: I like that it teaches me about kindness and to never give up.
This is book every child should have at home! Love it!"


"The Backpack captures the lessons of looking at what's inside a person and how one can show kindness towards others with simple gestures such as sitting with someone new at school, even when your friends don't want to. It's important to teach our children to have the courage to show kindness. The Backpack is a relatable metaphor for children and a must have for your child's book pile by the bed!"


"Ever since we got this book it has been a consistent pick by my 4 year old for a bedtime book. I love reading it to him - such a cute story and fun rhymes. He is about to turn 5 and told me he wanted a skateboard for this birthday just like from the Backpack! My almost 3 year old doesnt quite get the deeper lesson, but also loves it. He picks it out as well - I think he like the way it reads and the adorable pics. I love that they can agree on a book. Win win!"


"A lovely message of bravery and kindness to impart on your young ones! It also serves as a reminder to those of us reading to our children, what those nerves and young emotions felt like when we went through them. It may seem like a silly backpack to us but to them it matters. I'll enjoy reading this to my daughters well into elementary school years (or rather they will be reading it to me)!"


A portion of every order of The Backpack will be donated to


"With her second book, Barry took the lesson beyond the page. For every book sold, she’s donating 25 cents to Blessings in a Backpack, a national nonprofit that sends elementary school-aged children home with backpacks full of food on the weekends who might otherwise go hungry."


A local children’s book author turns backpack shopping into a life lesson.


"The rhyming text will resonate with young kids who recognize the desire to have the perfect accessories for the year, and the message of kindness and reaching out to others will hopefully stick with them as well."


Teaching Kids to Be Kind & Play Nice

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"My children (ages 3 1/2 and 9) love this book! My 9 year old got the gist of the story right away and my 3 1/2 year finally understood it after we’ve read it a few times. A story like this is important and all children need to learn about this at a young age."


Fun, Thoughtful, And Beautifully Crafted New Children’s Picture Book


"The Backpack is a book written by Lindsay C. Barry who wrote this after feeling pressured to buy her son a brand-name backpack as he set off for school. Reflecting on that, she realized she wanted to be sure her kids were receiving the right message and were learning the right lessons: that it’s not what we look like on the outside, but how we treat others that really counts."


Building Healthy Relationships with Peer Pressure 


"This book is so encouraging- both for kids and parents. For us, it really helped open the door for honest conversation and communication. I remind my son daily that I am proud of him for who he is, and that he should never feel that he has to conform to fit in with anyone else. It's also a beautiful story of courage, reminding kids to stand up for each other and do the right thing- showing kindness to everyone we meet. THE BACKPACK helps us celebrate our uniqueness, and we're so thankful that Lindsay Barry was inspired to write this beautiful, timely story."


Helps Kids Stay Focused on What Really Matters


"JustaBXgirl has finally gotten rhyming. I think because she says words differently at times it was hard for her to hear and match, ending sounds. Now that she has gotten the hang of rhyming we look for books that help her not only hear but see the sounds. Matched with having a great message The Backpack is a new favorite!"


The Backpack is a new favorite!