I live and work in Newtown, Connecticut, where my wife and I raised three wonderful sons.

I graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Wesleyan University and an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale. I spent my Junior year in Rome at the Tyler School of Art. 

With me in the studio is Coco, our energetic labradoodle. See Me Run, which won a 2012 ALSC Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor, was inspired by watching Coco run at the local dog park. Few could catch her. One of Coco's favorite hobbies, digging for moles in the yard, served as inspiration for the sequel, See Me Dig. 

To date I have illustrated more than 70 books, including early readers, picture books, eight books in the HarperCollins Let's-Read-And-Find-Out Science series, and a number of mass market books. Coming out in March of 2017 are two books written by my son, Peter, and illustrated by me; Stinky Spike The Pirate Dog and Stinky Spike And The Royal Rescue. They're about a stinky dog named Spike who has the best sniffer on the seven seas. He becomes a pirate and helps Captain Fishbeard and his bumbling crew sniff out treasure. They're part of the new Read & Bloom series from Bloomsbury.

I'm the author/illustrator of four books, with more on the way. Good Night, Bat! Good Morning, Squirrel! (Boyds Mills Press) was published in September, 2016. 

My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis (Holiday House) is due out in Feb 2017. It's a nonfiction book about a praying mantis who likes to eat her siblings for lunch. (It happens in real life-the book is scientifically accurate). 

Another book in the I Like To Read Series from Holiday House is due out in the fall. It's called I See A Cat.

In addition to children's trade work I also do editorial and educational illustration. I work digitally and traditionally.

Jennifer Mattson of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency is my agent for juvenile trade publishing. Jennifer can be reached at jmatt@andreabrownlit.com, or called directly at (773) 344-4175.

Please use the contact page to get in touch with me directly. 

Twitter: @pdmeisel

Instagram: @pdmeisel


And for those who like pet videos, here's Coco running in the yard. Good dog, Coco!