ATLANTA --Georgia Reads Aloud Day is designed to encourage teachers and parents to make a special effort to read to children of all ages.

There's even an online contestfor the most books read between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

The winning classroom will get a special visit from Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal and Bobby Cagle, commissioner for the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.

"Reading can have a huge impact in the lives of our state's youngest learners and Georgia Reads Aloud Dayis a great way for everyone to get involved," Commissioner Cagle said. "I want to see our Book Counter explode this year as more Pre-K and early childhood education classrooms get involved and read more books than ever before. I know I'll be reading."

Downloadable book lists, book marks and a certificate for storytellers are available here.