Binette Schroeder was born in Hamburg in 1939 and spent her childhood in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the Bavarian Alps. In 1956 the family moved to Munich, where Binette Schroeder studied applied graphic design, a course of study which she continued at the College of Design in Basel, Switzerland in 1962. She also took an interest in typography, photography and lithography.
After completing her studies she worked as a freelance graphic artist and portrait photographer. She made her artistic breakthrough with "Lupinchen" in 1969.
Her book illustrations have received numerous awards, including the Deutscher Literaturpreis in 1997 and the Grand Prize of the German Academy for Literature for Children and Young Adults in 2004 for her complete works.
Today she lives and works as an illustrator, painter and portait photographer in Munich.