After following the bizarre Ahab through "Moby Dick," I picked up "The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin." It was free to listen to on Librivox.org. The wisdom through life experiences of Mr. Franklin was an excellent companion to my kids studying about Revolutionary War period of USA history. So, it must be time to move on to something new. I'm previewing "Librivox: Hurlbut's Story of the Bible Part One by Hurlbut, Jesse Lyman." I've read a few other books for entertainment and encouragement, but those don't follow this thread of historical enrichment.
However, Industrialization is the next topic in history for my kids and we'll read aloud "Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel" by Virginia Lee Burton. This child's story goes along with the SOTW3 Chapter 27 and 31 as well as Our Island Country chapter 96, which we will listen to, complete comprehension questions and maps. All of which I'd love to finish shortly.
Then move onto the story of the Voyage of Discovery about President Jefferson, Sacagewea, Lewis and Clark which takes us west along this growing country setting us up for SOTW4.