Blue Balliett, a former teacher at the University of Chicago's Lab Schools, is a writer who gets kids to make connections through intriguing art-related puzzler mysteries for curious and adventurous readers.

Watch Blue Balliett talk about her favorite teacher at the IRA Favorite Teacher Breakfast on May 2006. Then, see other author's speak from this Breakfast:

Blue Balliett's Chasing Vermeer was picked by the TODAY SHOW for Al Roker's Book Club for Kids.