The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

The Dirigible Balloon

Listen to Jonathan reading The Dirigible Balloon.
With our sandwiches packed
and our bottles of juice,
under fluffy white clouds and the sun,
we all climb aboard
this balloon of delight
in a search for new places and fun.
With friends by our sides,
happy faces all round
and excitement in everyone’s eyes,
our dirigible lifts
off the ground like a bird
to adventure high up in blue skies …
Picture by Em Humble
Picture by Em Humble




About Em Humble, the illustrator: Em Humble is a freelance creative with bases in London, Manchester, Leeds and the Lake District. Following her viral parody video ‘Every “Northern” character in a musical,’ she has featured on BBC Radio Manchester, Cumbria, and Tees with original comedy sketches. She has photographed and edited professional headshots, fashion, events and filmed promotional documentaries.

About the Writer


Jonathan Humble

Jonathan lives in Cumbria. His work has been published online and in print in a number of magazines and anthologies. His first collection of poetry, My Camel's Name Is Brian, was published by TMB Books in 2015. His second poetry book, Fledge came out in 2020 through Maytree Press, but is no longer available. His poems for children have been shortlisted and highly commended in the Caterpillar and Yorkmix poetry competitions and he is the editor of The Dirigible Balloon. His poem Masterclass was chosen as the Milk House Poem of the year at the end of 2022.