Nadia Budde was born in Berlin in 1967. After completing secondary school she apprenticed as a retail display designer. She began studying graphic arts at the Berlin College of Art in Weissensee in 1992 and later studied at the Royal College of Art in London. She completed her degree in 2000 and since then has worked independently as an illustrator in Berlin.
Her first picture book, "Eins zwei drei Tier", was published in 1999 and received several awards. Since then she has published more picture books, all of which have been very successful. Her books have been translated into several languages.
Nadia Budde lives with her family in Berlin.