Barkis was originally published in 1938. Clare Turlay Newberry (1903-1970) published 17 books in her lifetime. I read many as a child: Mittens, Smudge, Marshmallow, Barkis, and more. She received the Caldecott Book Honor four times for her illustration.
These books are timeless, and I am happy to see that they have been republished and are turning up in the used book trade. The illustrations are absolutely priceless and gorgeous.