The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

My Brand New Writing Book

Listen to Gaynor read her poem ...
I’ve got a brand new writing book.
I hug it to my chest.
I breathe in tales of lost and found,
Of mystery and quest.

I bend my head down closer still
To catch a whispered word -
A secret plot, a magic spell,
A message overheard.

I lift it up and gently blow.
A rush of air sweeps past
And on it bobs a pirate ship,
Torn sails and battered mast.

I hold the book against my eye
And take a peep inside.
Riders race against the storm
And fiery stars collide.

A dragon flies across the sky,
A bear pounds over snow,
A princess tames a monster, cursed
By witches long ago.

The stories bump and jostle
Through the pages, clean and white.
I take a breath, pick up a pen
I’m ready now to write.

About the Writer

Gaynor Andrews

Gaynor was a primary teacher for many years, teaching in schools across the UK, as well as Thailand and France. She now lives in the Scottish Highlands, writing educational resources by day and stories and poems by night. Gaynor loves the rhythm of language and she has a particular passion for rhyme. Her poetry has appeared in the Caterpillar magazine and her debut, rhyming picture book will be published in 2023/24.