Believe in Books Literacy Foundation
Telephone: (603) 356-9980
Toll Free: (603) 356-9980

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1800
Intervale, NH 03845

Physical Address:
41 Observatory Way
Intervale, NH 03845

About Believe in Books Literacy Foundation

The mission of the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation is to advance healthy development of young minds through literacy programs that encourage early reading, imagination, and physical activity. The Literacy Foundation is a Charitable 501(c)(3) Non-Profit guided by the needs and involvement of the communities of which it serves.

The Foundation is supported entirely by fundraising efforts and donations. Our largest and most prominent fundraising event is The Journey to the North Pole (previously called The Polar Express Event of New England®). We are the original event of this kind and the only one that fully engages guests as if they were living the book.

In December of 1995, in North Conway, NH, the Journey to the North Pole™ Event first reenacted the award-winning book by Chris Van Allsberg. Following the book, the magical trip to the “North Pole” had begun. With exclusive treats, just like the book, and gifts, the two-hour holiday journey includes a train ride to the North Pole, and an enchanting walk to the North Pole Theater where visitors are greeted by a “sea of elves”, a retelling of the book and a visit from Santa himself. By the second year of the event, tickets sold out within two weeks. By the third year the event sold out in a matter of days. In response to the popularity of the event, a lottery system was put in place to allow more people to have a fair chance to purchase tickets.

Journey to the North Pole™ immediately gave back to the community after the first running of the event with $1000 awarded to the NH Council on Literacy. Fast forward to 2014 and now known as the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation, over $2 million has been gifted through literacy programs, scholarships, grants and book distributions in New Hampshire and Western Maine.

Believe in Books Literacy Foundation began as a family literacy initiative to provide children with Book Bags filled with quality children’s books. Three local elementary schools were provided nine Book Bags each with the goal to reach 100 bags per school for area children. In May of 1998, the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation was officially designated a charitable 501(c)(3) foundation by the IRS. By November, the Foundation reached their Book Bag goal and had already donated more than $25,000 to literacy programs while the bookbag program expanded to two more local schools. The Believe in Books Literacy Foundation was well on its way to having an encouraging impact on children throughout the area.

With outreach programs like “Books in Character”, “Books from Birth” and our “Book Bag Program”, the foundation reaches out to families and children throughout Northern New Hampshire and Western Maine. All of our programs and events are made possible by fundraising and our children’s literacy programs are offered FREE and are open to the public.

In 2003, land in Intervale, NH was acquired by the Foundation. This property is now the “100 Acre Wood”, home to the 300-seat “Theater in the Wood”, “Trails in the Wood” trail system, Sugar Shack maple sugar house and Foundation office.

The Theater in the Wood hosts Children’s Theater Series, Main Stage Concert Series, Character Breakfasts and the Journey to the North Pole™ Event. The theater offers an intimate space to experience a variety of children’s events, theater and concerts and is occasionally used by other groups.

For more information about all of our literacy programs, membership opportunities and events, visit


"Theater in the Wood"
This unique performance space is situated within the 100 Acre Wood in Intervale with privacy and beautiful views. The 150-300 seat theater is a year-round performing arts facility for entertainment, education, and as a gathering place for non-profit groups and others in the community. A wonderful place to host your event or wedding!

"Trails in the Wood"
The Trails in the Wood trail system was developed for the purpose of education and recreational opportunities. The trails were designed for walking, X-C skiing, snowshoeing, mountain biking, maple sugaring, and nature observation. You can take a walk and read a story on our Storybook Trail and experience great children's stories in a unique way. It's a wonderful way for the family to read and play together. We feel that early exposure to simple outdoor activity in a family setting will encourage lifelong healthy habits. Exercise for the brain and body. The trails are open from 9am - 4pm or whenever the gate is open.

Trail passes are $5 per car load for the day, $10 for the week.
Memberships INCLUDE trail passes:
$50 - Individuals or $75 - Family.

There are two conveniently located kiosks in the 100 Acre Wood where you can find trail maps and pay for your trail pass for the day.


Enter your starting address for full driving directions:

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Children's Musician & Author, Steve Blunt & Marty February 9, 2018
Steve Blunt & Marty Kelley team up for a show that offers sing-along, read-aloud, laugh-a-lot fun for the whole familly. Steve is a teacher and performer whose CD’s “Hang On, Henry!” and “Outta School!” have won Parents’ Choice “Approved” Awards. Marty is a best-selling author/illustrator with many titles in publication, including The Rules, Fall is Not Easy, and Summer Stinks. Together, Steve & Marty present a rollicking mix of songs & stories on guitar, harmonica, djembe, etc.--with originality and humor. And Marty reads his wild & crazy children’s books with illustrations projected onto the big screen! More information is available at: and
Location: Theater in the Wood, Intervale, NH

Juston McKinney February 23, 2018
NH Native, Comedian Juston McKinney is returning to Theater in the Wood! With multiple performances on The Tonight Show, his own Comedy Central specials and consistently selling out theaters, he's at the top of his game.

Tickets: $25/person

Tickets sales will be opening soon!
Visit our website for updates.
Location: Theater in the Wood, Intervale, NH

Character Breakfast March 3, 2018
Breakfast is $7/person (suggested donation), Children Under 3 are FREE and will include a book swap (bring a gently used book and swap it with another), a small breakfast including pancakes (gluten-free) and our own 100 Acre Wood Maple Syrup, a story, and a meet and greet with a classic storybook character!

March 3rd - Cat in the Hat
March 10th - Winnie the Pooh & friends
March 17th - Snow White
March 24th - TBD
March 31st - Rabbit & friends
April 7th - Alice in Wonderland
April 14th - The Little Mermaid
April 21st - Earth Day with Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
Location: Theater in the Wood, Intervale, NH

Entrain April 28, 2018
After a few year's hiatus, Valley favorite Entrain will be back to perform at the Theater in the Wood!! A Funky-World-Jam-Ska-Reggae-Rock Stew With Enough Drums to Sink a Battleship!

Doors open at 7:00 PM. Show starts at 7:30 PM
Tickets: $18/advance, $25/door,
Children 3 & Under FREE

Tickets will be on sale soon, check back often for updates!
Location: Theater in the Wood, Intervale, NH

Race for Reading 5K: Color Run! May 26, 2018
Our 9th annual Race for Reading 5K Trail Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run is going to continue to be colorful! This year’s event will be just as bright as the last – prepare to get blasted with color! Kids and adults will run/walk our usual course and get colored along the way. All participants will receive a race t-shirt (white, of course!) along with a color packet for the end of the race. Following the race there will be food and entertainment for the entire family. Prizes will be awarded to our top finishers and all kids will receive a medal.

Registration begins at 8:30am with the kids run starting at 9:30. The adults will begin at 10 and our final color blast will happen when the last racer crosses the finish line. Get ready for a colorful and fun time!

** There will be a food truck and entertainment during registration and the race!!




Kids Runs:

1/2K - Ages 8 & Under

1K - Ages 9-12


5K Trail Run/Walk begins,

Rain or Shine



Pre-Registration Donation: A $25 donation.

Participants are encouraged to gather pledges.

(Registration is $35 the day of the race)

Kids Runs Registration is $10

Registration fee includes T-shirt • This event is a fundraiser for our Literacy Programs.

Contact Info:

Erin Sweeney, Race Director

603-356-9980 or
Location: 100 Acre Wood, Intervale, NH

Journey to the North Pole November 23, 2018
Join us on the family adventure of a lifetime aboard the magical Journey to the North Pole! The Journey to the North Pole offers a truly unique experience that only happens here in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire, with adventures departing from North Conway and Lincoln, NH.

The Journey to the North Pole is a two-hour round trip adventure taking you on a magical trip to see Santa.

You and your family will board the Journey to the North Pole train and be served delicious hot chocolate by our magical chefs, along with Santa's favorite chocolate nougat with centers as white as snow! When you arrive at the North Pole, you will depart from the train and follow the elves up to Santa's Toy Workshop where you'll sing with the elves and hear about a Christmas story. Then, Santa will take a break from his busy schedule to pay you a visit! This Journey will make true believers of all, reminding us that the gift of giving is truly the most cherished gift of all!

Net proceeds from the Journey to the North Pole Event fund Literacy Programs such as our Books in Character Outreach Reading Program, the Believe in Books Bookbag Program, and the Books from Birth Program in Northern New Hampshire and Western Maine.
Location: North Conway



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