She published her first picture books in 1981, worked for various publishing houses and magazines, and began drawing for animated films in 1991.
Among her best-known works are her illustrations for the "Juli" series by Kirsten Boie. She has illustrated some 40 books and received many awards. In 2009 she was awarded the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis for her complete works, and in 2010 she was honored with the Hans Christian Andersen prize. Today Jutta Bauer lives and works as an artist in Hamburg.