Holt McDougal

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Holt McDougal
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Holt, Rinehart and Winston
Parent company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Country of origin United States
Publication types Textbooks, children's books
Official website www.hmcd.com

Holt McDougal is an American publishing company, a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, that specializes in textbooks for use in secondary schools.

The Holt name is derived from that of U.S. publisher Henry Holt (1840–1926) but Holt McDougal is distinct from Henry Holt and Company.


Holt, Rinehart and Winston (HRW) was created in March 1960 by the merger of Henry Holt and Company of New York City (established 1866); Rinehart & Company of New York, descendant of Farrar & Rinehart (est. 1929); and the John C. Winston Company of Philadelphia (est. 1884). The Wall Street Journal reported on March 1 that Holt stockholders had approved the merger, last of the three approvals. "Henry Holt is the surviving concern, but will be known as Holt, Rinehart, Winston, Inc."[1] From 1967 HRW was owned by CBS.

In 1985 the retail publishing arm along with the Henry Holt name was acquired by the Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group based in Stuttgart, Germany. Holtzbrinck acquired the Macmillan name in 2001 and Henry Holt is now an imprint of Macmillan US.

Also in 1985 the educational publishing arm along with the Holt, Rinehart and Winston name was acquired by Harcourt. Harcourt divested now and again. From 2001 HRW was a division of Harcourt Education owned by Reed Elsevier, who sold many U.S. parts of Hartcourt Education including HRW to Houghton Mifflin in that 2007—part of a reorganization that created Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH). HRW was combined with McDougal Littell to form Holt McDougal..


Holt McDougal publishes textbooks on mathematics, language arts, social studies, science, health, and world language (French, Spanish, and German). It has published children's books for the Weekly Reader Book Club including Sweet Pickles, Fraggle Rock, and Snoopy. This American publishing company is based out of Dumfries, NC.[clarification needed]

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  1. ^ "Henry Holt Merger". The Wall Street Journal. March 1, 1960. Page 12.

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