Published March 21, 2021 | Version 2
Book Open


  • 1. Manchester Metropolitan University
  • 2. Open University
  • 3. University of Southern Queensland
  • 4. Politecnico di Milano and SPARC Europe
  • 5. University of Calgery and Thompson Rivers University
  • 6. Nelson Mandela University
  • 7. Six-Form College Student
  • 8. Visual Thinkery


About the story

This picture book is for young children and adults alike. It can be read and explored together. The story is about three friends who went on an adventure down the river to build a playground. On their way they meet other animals who seem to put obstacles in their way. Read the story to discover what happens next.

About the project

The story was written and illustrated by a group of individuals from different parts of the world who worked together online over 6 months. They also had the help of many other educators from around the world who  generously contributed their ideas and the characters of the story also originate from their contributions. All committed to creating a socially just world where education is available to all. Values such as sharing, collaborating and helping others are central to this mission of what is called open education and will help towards achieving the UN’s Global Sustainable Development Goal 4, “Quality Education for All”

Some may recognise other stories and fairytales in this story. The illustrations are a remix of details of exhibits from the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, available under CC0 and new illustrations

This project was enabled and supported by a Global OER Graduate Network (GOGN) Fellowship in 2020.

We are grateful to the wider open education community and the GOGN team for their valuable support and critical feedback during the making of this book. 


Together by the GOGN picture book team is  licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License

This license enables you to copy, redistribute this book in any medium or format and remix, transform, and build upon for non-commercial purposes.All you need to do is add the attribution and link back to the original work. 



"That was a great story." What did you like the most? "When they became friends. They became friends because they saved each other. Go away go away go away... I would never do that to my friends, not even to people I don't know. We have to be friends with everyone, in case we need them and they need us." Phaedra Maria Chatzidamianou, a 6-year-old girl


Together_Book final (english text)_V2correction.pdf

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