Binette Schroeder was born in Hamburg, Germany. After studying graphics at a Munich private school, she studied at the University in Basel for design. Lupinchen, her debut, was an artistic breakthrough. Her artistic oeuvre was awarded the Special Prize of the German Youth Literature Prize in 1997, and the Grand Prize of the Academy for Children and Adolescent Literature in 2004. Today she lives with her husband Peter Nickl in near Munich.