“Conveying wonderful lessons on adjusting to change, tolerance, cooperation, and compassion, this choice is spot-on.” The Times HeraldReading Eagle 

“An earnest, unflashy story that has all the earmarks of becoming a staple for schools and students facing similar transitions.” Publishers Weekly

“A great read-aloud any day but certainly on Teacher Appreciation Day or the last day of school.” School Library Journal   

“Colorful, cartoonish illustrations depict the diverse kids in a familiar classroom setting with expressive and lighthearted touches…. This positive portrayal of a common experience offers a rosy picture of teachers and students, including Mrs. McBee’s gentle reassurances and inclusive approach of appreciating each student and his or her strengths.” Booklist

 “A sweet look at change and ways to find comfort when dealing with it.” Capitol Choices nomination for Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens

“A thoroughly satisfying solution to the issue of saying goodbye.” Kirkus Reviews

Join the children of Room 3 and Mrs. McBee as they find their own ways of helping each other get ready to leave and say good-bye. It’s not just the end of the school year at Mayflower Elementary. It’s time to say goodbye to Mrs. McBee, who is leaving the school. Jamaika, William, and the other kids in Room 3 have to figure out a special way to celebrate their beloved teacher. But everyone has a different idea. How can they arrive at an agreement? Gretchen Brandenburg McLellan brings readers an amusing and touching story about transitions and the importance of observing them. With Grace Zong’s charming illustrations, the distinct cast of lively characters comes to life on the page. (Peachtree Publisher’s Spring 2017 Catalog)


Mrs. McBee Leaves Room 3 was an honor recipient of the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People  Pre-K-3 division 

Mrs. McBee Leaves Room 3 was shortlisted for the 2019 children’s choice awards in Alabama and Mississippi.