Beatrice Alemagna was born in Bologna, Italy in 1973. In 1996, she won first prize in the international competition “Futures figures” at the Montreuil Salon du livre, Paris, and in 1997 moved to France where she still lives.
Since 1998, she has written and illustrated more than 30 children’s books. Her work has been published by: Albin Michel, Hélium, Autrement, Gallimard, Casterman (France), Topipittori, Donzelli and Mondadori (Italy); Phaïdon, Tate, Frances Lincoln and Thames & Hudson (UK), Mirando Bok and Rabén & Sjögren (Sweden), Enchanted Lion and Harper Collins (USA).
From 1998 to 2010, Alemagna illustrated the posters of «L'écran des enfants" at the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris.
She has served on the juries of several international illustration competitions and illustrated books by authors such as Roald Dahl, Gianni Rodari, Guillaume Apollinaire, Aldous Huxley, Raymond Queneau, Gogol, Agota Kristof, and Astrid Lindgren.
In a handwritten letter, Tomi Ungerer expressed his admiration for her books (2013).
In 2015, The Huffington Post included «A Lion in Paris» among its Best Children’s Books of All Time.
In the same year, two of her books (Gisèle de verre and Jo singe garçon) appeared in Martin Salisbury’s «100 Great Children’s Picturebooks».
Since 1998, she has gone to schools to meet children, and held many workshops in France, Italy, Korea, Russia, China, Ireland and the UK.
In 2018, her book «What is A Child?» (Topipittori 2008) was bought by all primary schools in Hiroshima (Japan) as an end-of-year gift for the children.
In 2017, The New York Times and The New York Public Library selected "On A Magical Do-Nothing Day" as one of the best children’s illustrated books of the year.
In March 2018, Alemagna gave another masterclass at Dublin’s Offset Festival on the main stage of the Gaís Energy Theatre before 1000 participants.
In 2019, she is among the candidates for the two so-called “Nobel Prizes for Children’s Books”: the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen International Award.
*Portrait by Jake Green