|After college, Julie Vivas spent some time living in Spain where she drew the townspeople in their day-to-day lives. She later exhibited these drawings in Sydney.
Whilst working on illustrations for Hush the Invisible Mouse, later to become Possum Magic, she illustrated The Tram to Bondi Beach, which was Highly Commended in the Childrenís Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Award in 1981.
Possum Magic, published by Omnibus Books, was a runaway all-time best-seller, published around the world. It was also the NSW Premierís Award-winner and Winner of the 1986 IBBY Diploma for Illustration.
With award-winners The Very Best of Friends (CBC Picture Book of the Year in 1990) and Let the Celebrations Begin! (short-listed for the same award in 1992) also to her credit, Julie was honoured with the prestigious Dromkeen Medal in 1992 for her contribution to the appreciation of childrenís literature.
Julie has also illustrated Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge; and I Went Walking; Our Granny and wrote and illustrated The Nativity, which brought warmth and humanity to the Nativity story. Letís Eat! marked a return to Julieís Spanish experiences. It was short-listed for the 1997 Childrenís Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Award.