The Little Girl with the Big Voice

The Little Girl with the Big Voice


Written in Wé Ani McDonald's own words, The Little Girl with the Big Voice is a powerful story about a girl who courageously embraces her uniqueness and discovers her true voice—overcoming personal struggles and great challenges. Wé's story inspires kids to work to fulfill their dreams and to expand their own understanding of themselves and the world around them.

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Product ID: 13371ISBN: 9781682655856.


Grade 2-6 | Nonfiction| ISBN: 978-1-68265-585-6 | Lexile: 600 | GRL: L | English 

The Little Girl with a Big Voice: 


  • Helps develop social-emotional competencies and strategies to prevent bullying  
  • Improves literacy, comprehension, and critical-thinking skills 
  • Introduces young readers to the power of support systems and diverse perspectives 
  • Provides powerful illustrations to engage readers 

Key features: 

  • Depth of Knowledge content aligned to Common Core ELA Standards 
  • Individual and group activities to support social-emotional learning 
  • Glossary to build and expand student vocabulary 
  • Primary sources to help students relate in a personal way 

About the Author:

Wé Ani McDonald (pronounced “way”) is a New York City-born singer-songwriter who had a star-making turn on the hit NBC TV show The Voice. She drew national attention in 2016 as she rose to the top of the competition under the guidance of Alicia Keys. A thoughtful teenager who learned to respect and value differences at an early age, Wé revealed on The Voice that she experienced bullying and body-image issues while growing up. Since then, she has become a national advocate for young people facing similar challenges while pursuing a career in music.

Learn more about Wé at

Praise for The Little Girl with the Big Voice:

“A wonderful story about a girl who learns to overcome obstacles and whose talent and determination allow her to shine. Families and kids of all ages should share this story with all those who want or need to be inspired.”
—Pedro A. Noguera, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Education, UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies

“All generations can relate to The Little Girl with The Big Voice as the author Wé Ani McDonald candidly reveals her personal challenges and hopes and dreams while growing up being bullied. In her own unique voice, she doesn’t shy away from confronting the difficult challenges in life—even though it is heartbreaking to read. Through her words and feelings, we can clearly understand how the raw pain of being bullied can seep so deep that we can never truly forget.”
—Nancy Silberkleit, Co-CEO, Archie Comic Publications, Inc.

“Wé Ani McDonald has become an important and authentic voice to speak out against bullying. By sharing her own journey, she has forged a path for other young people to find their own ‘big voice’ in words and music. We stand with Wé to eradicate bullying and cyberbullying worldwide.”
—Erik Stangvik, The No Bully Organization

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