The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Mrs Everest

Listen to Chrissie Gittins reading her poem
Mrs Everest is our headteacher,
she says we’re all climbing up a peak,
some of us get there quickly,
some of us take a week.

Mrs Everest says it doesn’t matter how fast or high we climb,
what matters is we take a stride –
as long as we are trying
her smile is wide, wide, wide.

Some of us stumble on a rock,
we need a helping hand,
there’s always someone to catch us,
to make it safe to land.

About the Writer

Chrissie Gittins

Three of Chrissie Gittins’ five children’s poetry collections were selected for the Children’s Poetry Bookshelf and two were shortlisted for the CLiPPA Award. She appeared on BBC Countryfile with Adder, Bluebell, Lobster and Stars in Jars is a Scottish Poetry Library recommendation. Chrissie won the Belmont Poetry prize and was a Manchester Children’s Literature Prize finalist. Her poems feature on Cbeebies, the Poetry Archive and are widely anthologised. She has judged the Caterpillar Poetry Prize and is a National Poetry Day Ambassador.