Linda Schwalbe studied illustration at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle and at the Berlin University of the Arts. Inspired by discoveries and adventures, music and nature, she is happiest painting with acrylics. Ida and the World Beyond Mount Kaiserzipf is Linda Schwalbe’s first picture book. In 2020 she won the Serafina Young Talent Award for Ida. She lives and works in Leipzig, Germany.