Gretchen McLellan

Gretchen Brandenburg McLellan is a former elementary reading specialist who now devotes herself to writing for children and visiting schools as an author. She just celebrated the release of Mrs. McBee Leaves Room 3, illustrated by Grace Zong (Peachtree) and looks forward to the release of three more picture books 2018: I’m Done! , illustrated by Caroline Odell (Holiday House) , When Your Daddy’s a Soldier, illustrated by E.B. Lewis (Beach Lane/Simon & Shuster), and Button and Bundle, illustrated by Gillian Flint (Knopf/PenguinRandomHouse).  She writes chapter books and middle-grade fiction as well.  She is represented by Karen Grencik at Red Fox Literary.

Gretchen grew up as a global nomad.  She has settled in Camas, WA where she lives with her husband, cat and dog, stunt squirrels, nomadic neighborhood chickens and celebrates when her three children come home. Children will find a home in her heartfelt books about community, courage and compassion.

When she isn’t writing or teaching, Gretchen can be found playing word games, hiking in the woods, x-country skiing and attending plays.  Please visit Gretchen at for more information about her books, events and author visits.