Beatrice Alemagna was born in Bologna, Italy, in 1973. When she was a child her biggest heroes were Pippi Longstocking, Marcovaldo, Karlsson on the roof, Silvester and Meffi. At eight she decided that, whatever the cost, once grown up she would become a "painter and writer of novels". She is one of the best known authors and illustrators of picture books, which she published worldwide with Albin Michel, Topipittori, Harper Collins, Tate Publisher, Thames & Hudson, Enchanted Lion, Frances Lincoln, Mondadori, Hélium, MoMA, Seuil, Autrement , Gallimard, Les grandes personnes, Donzelli, Didier, Skyfish Graphix , Phaïdon.
Her artwork has been exhibited in several solo and collective exhibitions and she was awarded with: Landerneau Prize, 2017; Mildred L. Batchelder Award (U.S.A.), 2016; Baby readers Prize (France), 2015; Liber Prize (Italy) for “The best book of the year” 2014; First Prize of Région Ardèche "Les bébés aiment les livres" (France), 2013; Andersen Prize as "Illustrator of the year" (Italy), 2010; Best Book at Salone internazionale del libro di Torino (Italy), 2010; Special mention at Bologna Ragazzi Award, 2006; “Best illustrator Prize” in Rueil (France), 2006; “Best Book Prize” in Taipei, 2006; Andersen Prize (Italy), 2004; Chronos Prize (France), 1999; Octogones Prize (France), 1998; FNAC Prize (France), 1997; First Prize “Figures Futures“ in Montreuil (France), 1996. She was selected: three times at Prix Baobab of Salon du livre in Montreuil (France); five times for the White Ravens Selection of the International Youth Library (Munchen); four times for Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (2014-2015-2016-2017).