After last week's Newbery and Caldecott announcements at ALA Midwinter, we have been dying to hear from the big winners.

Clare Vanderpool won the Newbery Medal for Moon Over Manifest, the Depression-era story of 12-year-old Abilene Tucker, and Erin E. Stead won the Caldecott Medal for A Sick Day for Amos McGee, described in BookPage as "a heart-warming story, comforting without a lot of fuss."

Today, both winners answered seven of our most pressing questions. Like: Are they nervous about writing an acceptance speech? What was the first thing to go through their heads when they found out they had won? Who provides inspiration? And perhaps my favorite question: Which book character would be the best desert island companion?

Read our Q&A with Clare Vanderpool.

Read our Q&A with Erin E. Stead.

What would you like to ask the Newbery and Caldecott winners?

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