Mrs. McBee Leaves Room 3

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.
Price: $16.95
  • ISBN: 9781561459445
  • Publication date: 04/01/2017
  • Page Count: 32
  • Size: 9" x 12"
  • Age Range: 3-7


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.


Gretchen Brandenberg McLellan


Gretchen Brandenburg McLellan is the former reading specialist at Dorothy Fox Elementary in Camas, Washington, and the author of several forthcoming picture books. She lives in Washington.

Grace Zong


Grace Zong was born in Illinois and moved to Korea when she was seven. She returned to the United States to study art at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she majored in illustration. She now lives in both New York and Korea.


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

“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


Magnolia Book Award (Short List, Grades Pre-K – 2) ―Mississippi Children’s Museum / MDE / MLA / MLC / USM, 2019

Paterson Prize for Books for Young People (Honor Book) ―The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College, 2018

Alabama Camellia Award (Nominee, Grades 2-3) ―Alabama Department of Education, 2018-2019


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AR Level: 2.8
F&P: GRL L, Gr 2, Genre RF
Lexile: AD550L
Themes: Acceptance, Cooperation, Endings, Friendship, School, Transitions
BISAC 1: JUV035000 JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education
BISAC 2: JUV039050 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Emotions & Feelings
BISAC 3: JUV039060 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Friendship

Books By Gretchen Brandenberg McLellan