Cocoa Books was founded by Dominique Turner in 2021. During the pandemic, she searched for resources and books she could use as she helped her nephews learn to read. Cocoa Books was formed as an idea when she was unable to find many resources that represented African American characters.


Dominique Turner, Publisher & Founder

Dominique has ten years of experience working as a youth development professional for nonprofit organizations. She spent a lot of her free time writing poetry and short stories as a creative outlet. After learning she and her husband were expecting their first child, she decided to pursue writing full time. 

Her husband, Keith, encouraged her to 

As a mom and the founder of Cocoa Books, she is passionate about highlighting the importance of diversity in books and the writers behind the stories. 

Keith Turner Jr, Administrative Coordinator

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Taylor Higgins, Creative Coordinator

Taylor graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BA in Fine Arts. She has been a freelance artist for 15 years, specializing in photography, graphic design, marketing, and branding. After years of sitting on ideas, she now shares them with the world through her business, Taylored Design Co.

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