CNN Underscored partnered with Walmart to create this paid content. CNN news staff is not involved at all in the selections or product reviews. For more on what we do and how we do it, visit our About Us page.
There are some things that seem to come into existence fully formed, complete, and impossible to improve upon. Take the school notebook. Its actual form and functionality hasn't changed in decades, if not longer. Spiral-bound, glue-bound, with or without inner flaps or pockets—these are minor variations on the platonic notebook essentials, which pretty much boil down to a cover with a bunch of papers stuck together in the middle.
Given that, it's no wonder that kids gravitate toward the little details that make their notebooks fun and different, like colors, texture, and graphic design. And those small, vibrant add-ons are ways in which your kids get to express themselves in the classroom. We even would go so far to say that the right notebook in hand can help give your little one more confidence as they tackle the school year.
Ahead, we've rounded up some of our favorite planners, notebooks and more to add your family's back to school shopping cart. And since this is pretty much the only appropriate time to judge a book by its cover, we'll let the pictures do the talking here.
Watermelon Madness - Personalized 5 x 8 Notebook ($10.39; walmart.com)
Academic Preppy Stripe 'Best Life' Planner ($29.99; walmart.com)
Sprinkle Pattern - Personalized 5 x 8 Notebook ($10.39; walmart.com)
Samsill Large Hardbound Writing Notebook Journal ($11.99; walmart.com)
Compendium (6 pack) Cute Notebooks 8.5" x 5.75" ($19.99; walmart.com)
Paper Craft (4 Pack) 140pg 8.5 x 5.5 Leatherette Lined Writing Journals ($14-$16; walmart.com)
Five Star Trend Wirebound Notebook, 3 Subject, College Ruled, 11" x 8 1/2", Assorted Colors, 6 Pack ($29.62; walmart.com)
Yoobi Notebook, 1 Subject, Spiral, Paper Cover, 9" X 11" ($2.97; walmart.com)
Composition Notebook: Purple Unicorn Fairy Girls ($10.46; walmart.com)
Composition: Unicorn Rainbow Marble Composition Notebook ($5.75; walmart.com)
Composition: Ballet Orange Marble Composition Notebook ($5.75; walmart.com)
Composition Notebook, 8.5 X 11, 110 Pages: Cupcake Daisy ($5.99; walmart.com)
Green Cactus Notebook Journal ($5.99; walmart.com)
Composition Notebook, 8.5 X 11, 110 Pages: Cute Pink Butterflies ($5.99; walmart.com)
Composition Notebook, 8.5 X 11, 110 Pages : Colorful Cats ($5.99; walmart.com)
Emoji Notebooks ($6.95; walmart.com)
Classic Mole Notebook - Burlap Cover ($6.99; walmart.com)
#math Big & Bold Low Vision Graph Paper Notebook ($5.32; walmart.com)
Teamwork 3PK Notebook ($5.44; walmart.com)
Samsill Vintage Style Hardbound Writing Notebook ($12.90; walmart.com)
Sahara Sun 3PK Notebook ($5.44; walmart.com)
I Am a Wolf: Composition Notebook ($6.99; walmart.com)
Make Things Happen Notebook ($10.39; walmart.com)