I can remember two short stories, and while I am not entirely sure if they're from the same book, I would hugely appreciate finding either.
The first story I remember reading about was about a girl and her father starving during a harsh winter. It opened with the girl pulling up a floorboard and chewing it, trying to eat any flour she might have once dropped on it, as she regrets messing up baking bread and wasting flour earlier in the season. At one point her father wonders if he can get her some meat to eat, and thinks that her face has become thin and drawn like a fox's. At some point, a cat freezes to death.
The other short story I remember and cannot find is a sci fi about a small boy who lives in a futuristic society with robots. He is looking forward to his fourth birthday, but remembers that his last birthday he celebrated was also his fourth. He meets another older boy and learns that he is being kept perpetually young with a technology a scientist discovered for parents who never wanted their children to grow up. He breaks out of it by learning to read, and looks forward to his fifth birthday.
I have no idea when the book was published but this has been bothering me for the past ten years. Any help is massively appreciated. ChatGPT had no ideas.