The Learning Company was the original developing and publishing company for Reader Rabbit products since the first title Reader Rabbit and the Fabulous Word Factory in 1983. Reader Rabbit was one of the leading products from the mid 1980s to the mid 1990s.

Key staffEdit

  • Leslie Grimm
  • Ann McCormick Piestrup
  • Warren Robinett
  • Teri Perl
  • Jack Smyth
  • Marcia Klein
  • Bill Dinsmore


By 1995, the company was acquired by Softkey and in turn Softkey changed its name to "The Learning Company". By late 1998, the company was then acquired by Mattel Interactive. Finally in 2014, the company was bought by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.